You never know when you go to inspect a container exactly what you will find. If our office in Colorado packed a container, we kind know how it was packed and what we should expect when we open those doors. But if someone else packed a container and sent it to us, we do not know how it was packed and what we will find.
But last week, we received a container from Canada that a group had donated to GLA. They had collected things after the earthquake to send and then ran out of funds to get them to Haiti. They contacted our Canadian office who took the container and sent it to Haiti.
When my staff went to the inspection of the container, they opened the doors and water poured out of the container and covered the area in front of the container! There were gallon milk jug like containers of water in the container and the things on top of the milk jugs crushed the water underneath! Ernst took these photos on his phone.
The journey for the containers is not an easy one. First, they are loaded onto a semi-truck and trucked across the country to a sea port. They are then lifted by a crane and put on a boat. The sea journey causes a lot of shifting of the items sometimes and this sometimes causes things to be broken, dented, or crushed.
I was scared when they told me the water jugs had broken and the lower part of the container was flooded with water. Thankfully, the clothing seems to have been inside of huge plastic bags. Ernst did not think they were ruined. I worry about mold, so we will just have to wait until the container is released to know if any items are usable.
One of the problems when something like this happens is we still must pay for it to come in to the country even if the contents are ruined. Please pray that some of the contents are usable, so we can distribute them out to more people in need.
Posted on Thu, November 25, 2010
by Dixie Bickel