Update 11/30/20: Sebastian has extended his incredible support by helping to provide a $10,000 matching grant for #GivingTuesday! Check out our #GivingTuesday hub here to DOUBLE your impact.
Amazon Delivery Service Partners don’t just deliver packages. Through a fundraising campaign launched earlier this month, they’re also delivering hope to Haiti in support of our COVID-19 response. We sat down with Sebastian Festa, owner of Prime Lightning Logistics, to discuss his business, COVID-19, and why he wanted to start this campaign – which surpassed its fundraising goal in record time.
Can you tell us about Prime Lightning Logistics and how you got started?
Prime Lightning Logistics is an Amazon Delivery Service Partner (DSP). I joined Amazon’s DSP program in August of 2018 shortly after the program was launched. Empowered by Amazon, with just my family and I and 8 original employees, we have grown tremendously year over year and now have over 130 employees servicing our community in Last Mile deliveries.
What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learned since starting your own business?
This whole process has taught me so much about business and about myself. I have learnt that I am passionate about the customer experience, about my employees and about my community. As long as I remain passionate, I will never lose.
Why did you decide to partner with Hope for Haiti? Why is Haiti special to you?
I decided to partner with Hope for Haiti because of its long history of supporting the most vulnerable people in Haiti, little children. Their campaign to support schools, public health and disease prevention is unmatched. Another major factor was Hope for Haiti’s commitment to transparency by sharing the measures of progress they made and positive results.
Have you seen an increase in your network wanting to get involved in charity since COVID began?
Yes, there is a growing appetite among my delivery service partners to make a positive difference in local communities and abroad. Partnerships like the one with Hope for Haiti do just that.
How do you think the logistics and shipping industry can have a positive impact?
The logistics and shipping industry has a positive impact by facilitating trade and the movement of goods which play an important role in the growth and development of economies around the world. The quality and efficiency of logistics services can deliver emergency supplies to all corners of the world and to places like Haiti that need urgent medical supplies to battle COVID-19.
What excites you the most about this campaign? What do you hope to see happen?
What excites me the most is partnering with my colleagues and dear friends in the industry to make significant differences in the lives of children who desperately need our help. With the support of my delivery service partner friends we can save lives and give hope to the children of Haiti.
To learn more about the campaign and how YOU can help deliver hope to Haiti, visit the campaign page here.