“614!” a volunteer shouted at Suzan Mistler-Belcher on Monday at a Portland warehouse, where she and her fellow Partners for World Health volunteers were working to load a tractor-trailer full of medical supplies.
“Baby bottles!” Mistler-Belcher shouted back, and when the number and item written on the box matched a master list she was working from, Mistler-Belcher checked it off a list of 800 items being sent to help Syrian refugees and residents of the war-ravaged country.
The truck carrying 40,000 pounds of medical supplies was headed Monday afternoon to Boston, where it would be loaded as a container on a ship headed to Turkey. In Turkey, volunteers working with NuDay Syria, a New Hampshire-based nonprofit, will accept the shipment and load the supplies onto various trucks headed for various “underground” hospitals in Syria, said Elizabeth McLellan, founder of Partners for World Health. It will take about a month before the supplies that left the 15,000-square-foot Portland warehouse at Riverside Industrial Parkway end up in Turkey, she said.
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Republished from the Forecaster.