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12/7/2007
TELETHON UPDATE: Truckers’ response far exceeds goals

Friday, Dec. 7, 2007 – The final tally won’t be available until OOIDA’s staff digs out from under a mountain of paperwork, but initial reports show that the Association’s first-ever “Telethon for Troops” collected more than triple the amount hoped for to pay for care packages for U.S. troops.

The campaign, which ran Monday through Friday, Dec. 3-7, was designed to collect funds for U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. During the telethon week, 10 percent of each OOIDA membership fee from new and renewing members was donated to the troops’ fund. OOIDA, in turn, will match the total amount of those funds. During the campaign, OOIDA offered the special membership price of $25 as an incentive.

OOIDA staff had hoped to raise at least $5,000 through this effort, but OOIDA Membership Department supervisor, Sylvia Dodson, said Friday afternoon that it was clear the telethon will far exceed that.

“It’s really surpassed our expectations,” said Dodson. “Not only are members joining and renewing in large numbers to help boost the total, but we are overwhelmed by the number of members, many of them our lifetime members, who are phoning in with straight donations.”

Dodson said those individual donations ranged from a few dollars to several hundred dollars each. By Thursday afternoon more than $13,000 had been contributed in straight donations, not counting the percentage from the membership dues and the matching funds from the Association.

The money raised will be used to buy personal and comfort items for the military personnel serving in the conflict areas. OOIDA staff will be preparing and arranging delivery of the parcels directly to troops stationed in the Middle East.

– By Land Line staff

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