Brown Dog Carriers, a purpose-driven carrier and logistics company based in Biddeford, Maine has launched “A Helping Paw,” a community call to action campaign aimed at organizing efforts to deliver essential services and supplies to Mainers in need and help where possible in the response to COVID-19.
The company is launching “A Helping Paw,” to help get donated items where they are needed, anywhere in the state, quickly, at no charge, Brown Dog’s President Greg Morin told Freight Broker Live.
“Now more than ever, people are relying on truck drivers to transport food, water, fuel and other essentials to stores and medical facilities on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, so we’re doing everything we can to keep trucks rolling and shelves stocked while maintaining safe driving standards and social distancing to protect the health of our team,” said Greg Morin, president of Brown Dog Carriers.
“We’ve been trying to figure out how to help with COVID-19 crisis,” said company Director Darrell Pardy. “We’re looking at ways to partner with companies that may have medical supplies and equipment and we’re willing to deliver that around the state for free, and we’re asking other companies to do their part. We’re all in this together, let’s figure out how we can help each other.”
Brown Dog Carriers & Logistics, named after company President Greg Morin’s chocolate Labrador retriever, Lily, was formed in 2017, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Since inception, the company has been very active in giving back to the community — helping deliver wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery for the past couple of years, as part of the Wreaths Across America event. Brown Dog is also involved with K-9s On the Front Line, which pairs certified trained service dogs with military veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and the like.
“Recently, we volunteered to transport 125 folding chairs donated by Hussey Seating Company to Southern Maine Healthcare and Maine Veterans’ Homes. That got us thinking that we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to help. If we can use our equipment and experience to enable and bring attention to our community partners doing incredible things, so that they can serve more people, we’re committed to doing that,” said Pardy.
Another helping paw has been extended to health care workers, by picking up the tab for coffee at a local store. Morin said a friend owns Nadeau’s Deli & Variety on Elm Street in Biddeford, so he called, the two talked and agreed to provide the service to Southern Maine Health Care employees who show their hospital ID.
“With “A Helping Paw,” we’re trying to do whatever we can,” said Pardy. “And it’s a call to action to other companies to do their part.” Those who need donated equipment delivered, or who want to help, may contact Morin or Pardy or email: email@example.com.