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OOIDA Truckers for Troops: Don't forget cards and letters

With the Fourth Annual Truckers for Troops campaign set for Dec. 6-10, OOIDA is putting out a request for cards and letters to include in care packages for military personnel stationed in combat areas overseas.

“We always include a variety of good things in the packages, but the cards and letters are the most popular among the recipients who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said OOIDA Media Spokesperson Norita Taylor.

The campaign has already received a head start with a donation from Shell Rotella for $5,000.

“Shell Rotella engine oil is all about top tier engine protection, and of course the troops are about protection for our rights and freedoms in America,” said Mark Reed, a spokesman for Shell Rotella. “So it just makes sense for us to offer up this donation to show our respect for the troops and help them out as best we can.”

The first three Truckers for Troops campaigns have raised more than $158,000 for care packages.

During the week of the event, which can be heard on Land Line Now on Sirius XM, OOIDA will offer new and renewal memberships for $25 – a savings of $20 off regular dues. Ten percent of member dues paid during the campaign will go toward care packages. OOIDA will then match those funds. The discounted memberships will continue through Jan. 31, 2011.

Send cards and letters to OOIDA headquarters, attention Truckers for Troops, P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO 64029. Towns or school names can be included, but please do not include last names or other personal information. LL

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