Firestone Natural Rubber Co. plans to transport humanitarian materials from charitable organizations to Liberia at no charge to help the country recover from civil war.
As part of Firestone's new donation cargo program, the company has set aside space on its ships for the remainder of 2006 for containers that will carry relief goods and donated cargo to the country.
The Indianapolis-headquartered company regularly transports materials and equipment to Liberia and brings back latex from its rubber operation there, a spokesman said at the International Latex Conference in Charlotte, N.C.
The firm generally delivers rice and materials for its employees as well as other needed goods.
The company will work with aid organizations to ship relief items to the country, because ``we recognized that as great as our need is for materials and equipment to rebuild our operation's infrastructure, the humanitarian need is even greater,'' Firestone President Daniel J. Adomitis said.
The cargo space is available to qualified charitable organizations with the ocean freight expense covered by Firestone. The company will accept non-perishable foods, medical supplies, clothing, schoolbooks and other supplies.