The Good News Project : Shipping Supplies to the West Indies

By: Jonalee Merkel Email
By: Jonalee Merkel Email

Shipping anything overseas can get expensive in a hurry.

But Wausau's Good News Project has found a way to send huge shipments to other nation's free of charge.

Every spring, the Good News Project sends out shipments to 4 different islands.

Each weighing about 2,500 pounds and valued between $60 and a $100,000.

"We ship medical supplies, like hospital beds and wheelers and walkers and gauze, syringes, school supplies, notebooks," says Christine Daniels, Good News General Manager.

"Peg and Chuck somehow figured out a connection through the Air Force," she says, "It's a training project for the Air Force because they have to get their hours in flight in but it's also a way to deliver humanitarian items for free."

Good News has been shipping through the Air Force for more than a decade, and the news of how they get all their goods to the people who need them is spreading through the islands.

Christine says, "Ten to eleven times a year we get request from people outside of the Good News project circle that ask how we get things down to the West Indies."

In fact, even a young woman from Rhinelander, who's serving in the Peace Corps in Dominica heard about Good News through the grape vine.

"I'm very excited about the Good News Project and seeing what they can do for the locals and my community," says Beth Hanson, Peace Corps volunteer.

Beth had been looking for an inexpensive way to get books down to the schools she works in, when a principal told her about Good News.

Beth had been looking for an inexpensive way to get books down to the schools she works in, when a principal told her about Good News.

She says, "There's only a few libraries located on the island and most of the children don't really have access to them. The schools is the best chance for the children to have a chance to interact with any books at all and there aren't that many available." and "The Good News organization is going to help me when I want organize a couple collection drives in the Rhinelander area to have the stuff shipped down to Dominica and free of charge so that's a very good opportunity."

Christine says, "Because we're already shipping down there, we make it happen so that they can also ship things as long as it's going to an institution like a school or a nursing home instead of to an individual."

Everything Good News ships to the West Indies are in-kind donations.

They accept gently-used and new goods year round at their warehouse in Wausau.

If and when they get items they can't ship down, like winter clothes, they pass those onto other non-profits like the Neighbors' Place.

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