Officers and members of Teamsters Local 665 recently joined a San Francisco Supervisor in leading a convoy of desperately needed vehicles to be used by school children in the country of Haiti.
Working with Those Angels, Inc. and Teamster-endorsed Supervisor Ahsha Safai, Local 665 and its Secretary-Treasurer Tony Delorio and Recording Secretary Juan Gallo assembled volunteer members to deliver three donated AC Transit buses and one donated ambulance to Florida for shipment to a school in Carrefour, Haiti.
“Supervisor Safai introduced us to Claude Joseph, the founder of Those Angels, Inc. He explained his efforts to bring these donated vehicles to Haiti,” Delorio said. “What they needed were trained drivers who could get them from California to Florida, and then to Haiti by boat. I knew the Teamsters could help fill that gap.”
Members of Local 665, led by Juan Gallo, began to caravan the buses and ambulance over the weekend to the Florida port for shipment.
When the vehicles arrive in Haiti later in the month, they will be used to provide 150 students with the opportunity not only to be transported to and from school, but they will also be taken on field trips and excursions to experience the beautiful side of Haiti they only get to read in books because they can’t afford to travel beyond the boundaries of Port-au-Prince. These 150 students attend ECOFA, a school Those Angels, Inc. founded and built in 2015 to provide free education to underprivileged children.
“Our Local is honored to provide our expertise so that these children will benefit,” Gallo said.
The donated vehicles making their way across country with Teamster drivers behind the wheel won’t be empty.
“Those Angels, Inc. has been working overtime to fill the buses with school supplies of every kind, and the ambulance will have much-needed medical and health supplies,” Delorio said. “This is the kind of effort that makes all of our training as Teamsters so rewarding.”