A lot of people are wondering exactly what kind of cargo was lost when a UPS plane crashed near Birmingham August 14th. One company was expecting a big shipment and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise. But workers aren’t worried about the loss. Instead, they’re focusing on the two people who died and their families.
Krist Griem is the president of Freeset USA. She says when she saw the pictures of what was left of the cargo plane, “I figured our stuff was completely lost.” Freeset USA sells bags and apparel made by women overseas. Griem says, “The women that make the bags that were lost are women that have come out the sex trade in Calcutta, India. They're very valuable women."
When Griem saw the footage of the A-300 that crashed, she didn't think about the shipment worth more than 150 thousand dollars. Instead, she thought about the two UPS pilots who lost their lives who are as special as the ones she works with. “We see these two pilot families and it’s just devastating the impact that they’ve had on their own life. We really want to support them like people support Freeset," said Griem.
The non-profit lost around 13,000 handbags. But that doesn’t matter. Instead of focusing on the material loss, the business is focusing on the lives lost and what they can do to help. Freeset is selling t-shirts in memory of the pilot and co-pilot. The profits will go their families.
Griem says that’s the right thing to do. After all, supporting others is part of the Freeset USA motto. Griem says, “That's what we desire to do for the women that we serve and are just honored to be able to offer that to these families that have been so impacted in the last 24 hours.”
Freeset USA will eventually file a claim with UPS and be compensated for its loss. Until then, the business is concentrating on helping and supporting the families of the pilots killed in the crash. To buy a t-shirt, click here.