Only three months after 9/11, Bridge Foundation planned, organized and executed the first corporate-sponsored humanitarian airlift into Afghanistan. Accompanied by New York firefighters and police officers ā all 9/11 first responders ā the team was dubbed the "Ground Zero to Ground Zero Airlift Team."
The airlift was sponsored by the "Spirit of the Americas Fund," which was established immediately after 9/11 by the North America-based employees of Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks company.
Now located in Norwalk, CT, Diageo executives, members of the FDNY and NYPD delivered 47 tons of urgently needed food, nutritional supplements and blankets to Bagram Air Base, 40 miles north of Kabul on December 21, 2001. The team also visited with Afghanistan-deployed troops from the U. S. Special Forces and the 10th Mountain Division.
The food and nutritional supplements were consigned to the World Food Program for the Tahiya Maskan orphanage located in Kabul and distributed across central Afghanistan. More than 700 children at the Tahiya Maskan warmly welcomed the group, where FDNY and NYPD officers gave out toys and candy to hundreds of Afghan children ā all orphaned the previous decade from war and Taliban rule.
Since that first airlift, Bridge Foundation has continued to supply essential drugs and medical supplies to seven hospitals and numerous smaller clinics throughout the country.