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Truckers for Troops gets jumpstart from Shell with $5,000 donation

OOIDA is sponsoring its seventh annual Truckers for Troops campaign in December to raise funds for sending care packages with items of comfort and cheer to our armed forces stationed in war zones. Out of the gate, Shell Rotella donated $5,000 to this year’s Truckers for Troops campaign, just as it’s done in the past.

Every year, “Land Line Now,” the Association’s official radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio, promotes the campaign for one week during its regularly scheduled broadcasts each day from 7 to 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight Eastern time.

This year’s telethon on “Land Line Now” will run Dec. 9-13. You can hear the show on The Road Dog Channel, Sirius XM 128.

Since 2007, OOIDA members have raised more than $362,000, which has enabled the Association to send thousands of large care packages to U.S. troops serving in combat zones. In six years, OOIDA has sent 2,526 packages full of comfort items, necessities, fun stuff and handmade cards. Those items made life a little brighter for thousands of military personnel and military dogs.

Care packages are filled at OOIDA headquarters in Grain Valley, Mo., and shipped overseas. Since OOIDA started Truckers for Troops in 2007, the Association has delivered items to more than 30,000 individuals.

During the campaign period new and renewal memberships are discounted to the special price of only $25 for – a savings of $20 off regular $45 dues. Of the dues amount paid during the campaign week, 10 percent will go toward the Truckers for Troops fund. OOIDA will then match those funds.

OOIDA’s Media Director Norita Taylor says there’s more to the Association’s Truckers for Troops campaign than radio telethon week.

“Only those memberships during the campaign dates will go toward the Truckers for Troops fund; however, the special $25 membership price will remain in effect until Jan. 31, 2014,” she says.

Taylor also says individual tax-deductible contributions to the Truckers for Troops fund are also welcome at anytime and can be paid to the OOIDA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

If you have a family member or friend serving in a war zone with the U.S. military, and would like for them to get a care package, send their name and complete address to troops@ooida.com.

“Care packages won’t be shipped until after the holiday, so there is still time to help us build the list and also, to send us letters and cards with well wishes to include inside the packages,” says Taylor.

Send those to Truckers for Troops P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, Mo., 64029. LL