HARBEL, Liberia (Feb. 18, 2010)—Firestone Natural Rubber Co. L.L.C., Bridgestone/Firestone's natural rubber plantation subsidiary, will extend its five-year-old “Donation Cargo” program for the benefit of Liberia through 2010, the company said.
Under Donation Cargo, FSNR makes space available in its cargo ships for relief goods and other humanitarian aid to Liberia, which was left destitute after a catastrophic, 14-year civil war. The company estimates that more than $2.5 million in donated goods have made the crossing to the port of Monrovia since the program's inception.
Among the charities to benefit from Donation Cargo, according to FSNR, include the International Book Project, which has provided more than 8,000 English, math and science textbooks to Liberian schoolchildren and the Peanut Butter House, which provides peanuts, powdered milk, vitamins and other nutritious items to hospital patients and orphans.