It’s official: OOIDA’s fourth annual Truckers for Troops care package campaign is on the calendar. The Association recently announced this year’s campaign will be Dec. 6-10.
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, The Road Dog Channel, 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.
“This year really has started off big,” says Norita Taylor, OOIDA media spokeswoman. “Right off the bat, Shell has stepped up with a $5,000 contribution from the sales of SuperRigs calendars.”
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. However, 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 Taylor. “Especially from kids, it really means a lot.”
Taylor says 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 attention to Truckers for Troops, P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO 64029-0712. LL
– By Land Line staff