The Great White Fleet is a charitable program operated by Chiquita Banana and other fruit companies. They ship fruit from Central America in large 40 foot containers which are unloaded in the United States. On the return trip, Chiquita leases the containers to organizations such as Mission Relief Services which ships much needed mission supplies to needy countries.
The origin of the name, Great White Fleet, dates to the early 1900’s when President Theodore Roosevelt painted a fleet of navy cruisers white. This Great White Fleet toured Central America in a show of American diplomacy.
Chiquita allots two containers a year to each charitable organization which participates. The two container allotment is obtained several times by Mission Relief Services by registering several of the charitable organizations with whom the Service works. Last year, Trinity completed the paperwork necessary to become a Great White Fleet participant.
Chiquita Ships Fruit to the U.S. and Ships Mission Supplies to Honduras on the Return Trip.
Trinity collected 25 boxes of reading glasses, toys and cases for glasses. These were packed and transported to the loading dock of Mission Relief Services in Coatesville on July 10, 2008. It was an exciting experience for Dave Reid,Denny Leeper and Dick Kurtz to see a large 40 foot container being loaded with medical equipment from local hospitals donated for use in Honduras.
Boxes were packed in the space left between this medical equipment. The collection of toys, glasses, medical and dental supplies continues. We hope to make another shipment before the end of 2008.