From now until March 31, 2010, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines will make a donation to World Vision for each long-distance household goods move that Stevens or any of its agents perform. The donations will go directly to World Vision relief efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti.
Stevens and its network of nearly 150 agents nationwide provide residential and commercial moving and storage services for local, interstate and international moves. Stevens and its agents move thousands of families every year.
World Vision is an international humanitarian charity organization dedicated to working with children and families in their communities. World Vision had more than 300 staff working in Haiti at the time of the earthquake. At this time, the charity has more than 800 workers in Haiti providing assistance including food, clean water, blankets, tents, medical supplies and more.
"As we are moving families into their new homes, and as our customers are starting new chapters of their lives, we want to to do something to help the people of Haiti to rebuilt their homes and their lives," said Joseph Biskner, Stevens' president and chief operating officer.
"We looked at a variety of ways to help, and we took advice from the professional relief organizations. They say that the specific needs can change quickly -- and vary greatly. They may need antibiotics and other medical supplies or shoes or tents or building materials," Biskner said. "Those on the ground in Haiti and those who are actually shipping the supplies know what is needed -- and they need the money to acquire those items."
Some Stevens agents also are making donations for local moves that they perform in their individual communities.