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“A heart for Moria”

Video: DB Schenker

Children’s clothes, shoes and blankets: DB Schenker transported ten tons of relief supplies that had been collected as part of a private initiative to help people in need on the island of Lesbos. In the lead-up, trainees of the logistics service provider had spent over a week assisting the team from “A heart for Moria” in sorting and packaging the cargo into more than 1,200 moving boxes. Camp Moria is one of numerous camps on Lesbos which currently accommodate a total of around 20,000 people, including a particularly large number of children and teenagers.


Reports of adverse weather conditions and about the lack of clothing and blankets there had prompted private individuals from the German city of Essen – where DB Schenker is headquartered – to call for donations via social media over the New Year period under the “A heart for Moria” banner. And they did so with great success! DB Schenker also responded and decided at short notice to ship the freight to Greece, free of charge: first to Venice by rail, then by ship to the Greek mainland, and finally by ferry to the island of Lesbos.


“Hats off to the commitment, especially from our young colleagues!” said Oliver Seidl, Chief Financial Officer at DB Schenker. “We are proud to make our contribution to help people fight the cold weather. As logistics experts with a heart, we didn’t hesitate for long before bringing in our experience to this special operation.”


En route, the cargo was carried using three swap bodies. These had been donated by the commercial vehicle company KRONE. In response to requests from aid organizations operating on the island, the swap bodies will remain there for further use. In addition, the freight forwarder Detmers provided a portable office unit that the aid organizations will be repurposing to serve as an urgently needed medical station.

Tackling the task with heart and soul: DB Schenker transported ten tons of relief supplies collected as part of the “Heart for Moria” initiative to the Greek island of Lesbos, and it trainees in particular delivered a compelling performance in this voluntary effort. Photos: DB Schenker