By Land Line staff
OOIDA’s fourth annual Truckers for Troops telethon is on the calendar. This year’s campaign will be Dec. 6-10.
It may still be a few weeks away, but Truckers for Troops is already off to a big start, thanks to a $5,000 donation from Shell Rotella.
“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. 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,” said Mark Reed, a spokesman for Shell Rotella.
Truckers for Troops raises funds to send care packages to military men and women stationed in combat zones and other volatile areas overseas, especially Iraq and Afghanistan.
Every year, Land Line Now, the Association’s official radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio, promotes the campaign during its regularly scheduled broadcasts each day from 7 to 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight Eastern Time. You can hear Land Line Now on The Road Dog Channel, Sirius channel 147 and XM channel 171.
During that week, 10 percent of renewal and new membership fees will be matched by OOIDA. New and renewal memberships will be discounted from $45 to $25, 10 percent of which will go toward the care package funds.
Truckers have donated more than $158,000 during the course of the three previous telethons.
Last year, truckers raised more than $54,000 in the effort, funding 618 large care packages that served up a piece of home to 7,400 troops. Boxes are filled at OOIDA headquarters in Grain Valley, MO, and shipped overseas.
Some of the items included in the care packages sent in past years have been things like snacks, socks and personal care items. Among the most popular were the handmade greeting cards.
“We’d like for as many people as possible to send us cards and letters to include in the care packages,” says Norita Taylor, OOIDA media spokesperson. “Especially from kids, it really means a lot.”
Taylor says that on cards and letters, towns or school names should be included, but please do not include last names or other personal information. Send them to OOIDA headquarters, attention Norita Taylor, or to Truckers for Troops, P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO 64029-0712. LL
Staff Reporter Reed Black
contributed to this article.