Individuals/businesses beyond South Florida can help
Expanding beyond Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, global collection efforts will now be open to anyone who wants to help with relief efforts by shipping NEMA-approved goods directly to Tropical Shipping in Riviera Beach, Florida.
This expansion results from a flood of inquiries to Carnival Corp. by business leaders and individuals outside of South Florida who are looking for ways to provide support.
Daily shipments five days a week initially
Tropical Shipping's first relief ship loaded with donated items is expected to arrive at the Freeport Cruise Terminal on Grand Bahama Island today, with another shipment expected to arrive on Saturday. As part of the overall expansion, relief shipments are to continue five days a week during the initial stages of the program.
Carnival Corp., along with its nine cruise line brands, is covering shipping costs for the program, and providing food and supplies as part of the overall effort. The company is sending the first in a series of donations on the next shipment, including containers of ready-to-eat food, bottled water and generators.
'Incredible outpouring of support'
‘We have seen an incredible outpouring of support not just in the US, but from many locations around the world, and everyone is asking how they can do more to help,’ said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corp. He expressed appreciation to all of Carnival Corp.’s partners and the South Florida community for making this happen so quickly, along with ‘all the supporters locally and around the world who have shown such generosity during this urgent time of need.’
What's needed, and where to send or drop off donations
NEMA’s approved list of food and supplies most needed, along with Tropical Shipping’s Riviera Beach address where people and businesses can send items, plus drop-off locations in South Florida, are here.