The USA effort has spread well beyond Texas in its seventh year. Rotary Clubs in sixteen states have contributed to the project. The number of the shipments over the years has increased from three per year to three per month. February, 2006 saw a dramatic increase in shipping capability when Mclean Cargo Specialists started hosting the shipments. McLean was a professional Freight Forwarder owned by Rotarian Angie Jimenez. Problems with paperwork which had troubled the project from its beginning have been solved by McLean. Mr. Jimenez has sold his business in 2008 and the new owners did not wish to donate their services as Mr. Jimenez did.
The Project is now hosted by Exel Corporation in its La Porte,
Texas location. We have learned that a professional warehouse
and shipper are necessities for the transport of donations-in-kind. Volunteers are absolutely necessary to make the project work but supervision of loading the containers and processing the paperwork needs to be professionally done. The Rotarians of District 5890 and 5910 have provided a reservoir of volunteer help at repackaging the books for optimum loading and shipping. Click here for information on the preparation of books for shipping.