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Truckers for Troops celebrating its fifth year
Annual event has benefited more than 22,800 troops in first four years

By Land Line staff

OOIDA’s Fifth Annual Truckers for Troops – scheduled for Dec. 5-9 this year – is one of the Association’s favorite events. The effort raises money to pack and send care packages to service personnel stationed in combat zones, primarily in 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 XM channel 106.

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 $229,800 during the course of the three previous telethons.

Last year, truckers raised more than $61,000 in the effort, funding 737 large care packages that served up a piece of home to 8,800 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 attention Truckers for Troops, P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO 64029-0712. LL

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