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ASTAR Air Cargo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and DHL to Help Peruvian Earthquake Victims

Companies, Church Team Up to Transport Goods to Peru

WILMINGTON, Ohio, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc. today teamed up with its largest customer, DHL, to provide air transport services for humanitarian goods provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help those injured or displaced by the 8.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred near Pisco, Peru, on August 15, 2007. The 67,000 pounds of specially processed, ultra-high temperature milk, hygiene kits, blankets, and school kits are expected to help about 5,000 people in need.

"We are thrilled to be able to work with DHL and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make this mission possible and do our part to help those in need in Peru," said Martin Godly, ASTAR's Managing Director Operations Finance and Community Relations. "I'm proud to say this was an employee-driven project. It was sparked by ASTAR employees working regularly in Peru and witnessing the destruction and hardship caused by the earthquake. Our concerned employees contacted ASTAR's Charity Committee to see if something could be done by ASTAR to help."

"We are grateful for the generosity of DHL and ASTAR Air Cargo in providing us the means to transport this much needed relief to those still suffering in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Pisco, Peru. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is committed to humanitarian outreach as part of its core mission and is grateful to partner with others in blessing the lives of those in need," said Rick Foster, Welfare Services spokesman, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations having common humanitarian interests to assist those earthquake victims in need with this shipment to Peru," said Dan Ludwig, senior vice president of Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Management at DHL. "Our aim is to directly apply expertise and resources for logistical solutions to disaster events. Teaming-up with ASTAR and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on this initiative is a strong example of how private industry and non-government organizations can work together to effectively provide relief."

The cargo, which was transported by the Church to Wilmington, will be loaded onto a McDonnell Douglas DC8 today and will leave for Lima, Peru, at 7 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday). DHL is providing ground operational support in Wilmington to facilitate the transport of the shipment. The flight is expected to take eight hours. The goods will then be transported to the Pisco area and distributed by the office of Pilar Nores de Garcia, the First Lady of Peru.

The ultra-high temperature milk was provided to the Church by Gossner Foods based in Logan, Utah, and has been specially processed and packaged so that no refrigeration is required until it is opened. According to Peru's First Lady, food and milk continue to be the most needed items along with shelter.

This project is part of the Church's ongoing work with Pisco residents to find safe housing, food and water. Thousands of blankets have already been sent and Church buildings in Peru have been used for shelter.

About ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc.

ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc. is the operating subsidiary of ASTAR Air Cargo Holdings, LLC. ASTAR Air Cargo is a licensed U.S. air carrier operating a fleet of 44 aircraft from its operational hub in Wilmington, Ohio. The airline provides cargo scheduled and charter services on a contract basis for the DHL Express network and charter services on a contract basis for other customers including the U.S. military and the United States Postal Service. ASTAR Air Cargo is a participant in the United States Civil Reserve Air Fleet program supporting our national defense. Additional information can be found at

About The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide faith with more than 13 million members. For millions of people in need around the world, the humanitarian outreach program of the Church offers hope and the potential for a life that transcends disease, poverty, and despair. To learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints go to To learn more about the Church's humanitarian outreach go to Style guide note: When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to, and then click on "Style Guide" at the bottom of the page.

About DHL

At DHL, Customer Service is back in shipping. Our mission is to provide the most flexible, personable and enjoyable experience in the shipping industry for our customers.

DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source. DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, and contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 225 countries and territories worldwide with over 300,000 employees dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations.

Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. For more information on DHL, please visit

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