BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Byron Center-based grocery distributor is working to help survivors of the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria.
SpartanNash is donating two truckloads of bottled water and baby diaper.
The earthquake killed nearly 24,000 people.
“The destruction in Turkey and Syria is unimaginable, and we feel compelled to leverage supplies we have in stock to provide critical aid as fast as possible,” SpartanNash CEO Tony Sarsam said in a Thursday release.
Dawn Bredeweg, the manager of charitable giving, says the company is sending supplies to the region with help of the nonprofit relief organization Convoy of Hope, making the effort a top priority.
“The supply chain team that I work with, they dropped everything and they made it happen with less than 48 hours to get the product teed up, so it’s quite a process on our end,” Bredeweg said.
Ethan Forhetz, a spokesperson for Convoy of Hope, said that by sending the shipment through air freight, it could arrive within a week.
“We’re doing our best right now and we have been for the last several days since news broke in this country of these earthquakes to work with our partners on the ground in the earthquake zone to figure out ways to get supply as quickly as possible to the people who need it,” Forhetz said.
SpartanNash will continue to provide relief and work with Convoy of Hope to meet the needs on the ground.
“We need the immediate supply there, but we also need the supply in a couple of weeks to be arriving still as we respond to this long term,” Forhetz said.
SpartanNash sent $1 million in aid to Ukraine last year.