Carnival Cruise Lines has shipped more than 2,000 pounds of relief supplies to Haiti to assist those affected by the devastating earthquake in the country earlier this month.   Donated by Carnival employees, the supplies include water, blankets, diapers, and protein bars and other non-perishable food items and are being shipped and distributed to Haiti by the University of Miami’s Project Medishare, a disaster relief organization.   The company continues to collect donations from employees and expects to ship another load of supplies early next month.

In addition to collecting and donating much-needed supplies, Carnival employees, both shipboard and shoreside, are organizing various fundraisers to assist those affected by the earthquake.   Additionally, guests sailing with the line have the opportunity to donate to the American Red Cross for Haitian Relief and Development fund via their Sail & Sign shipboard accounts.

These efforts are part of a corporate wide- relief initiative that will contribute at least $5 million to earthquake relief.   The $5 million donation includes a large contribution from parent company Carnival Corporation & plc, as well as fundraising drives within its affiliated brands worldwide.  Carnival Corporation & plc’s donation has been earmarked for the following relief organizations: UNICEF, the University of Miami’s Project Medishare, American Red Cross, and Save the Children.

The entire Carnival family offers its thoughts and prayers to those affected by this tragedy.