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12/12/2007
TELETHON UPDATE: Truckers’ donations for troops just keep coming

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 – An extraordinary response from truckers to OOIDA’s “Truckers for Troops Telethon” last week sent the tally for straight donations to more than $18,000 by the end of business yesterday. And OOIDA staff is still not done counting.

The Association’s goal was to raise $5,000 to send care packages to our troops overseas. A preliminary count Monday, Dec. 10, showed a total of more than $25,000 pledged through straight donations and a percentage of OOIDA dues and matching funds from the Association.

Sylvia Dodson, the supervisor of OOIDA’s Membership Department, said that the more than $18,000 in straight donations was “icing.” When the telethon was being developed, the plan did not include straight donations.

“We decided to offer a special $25 dues rate, which is a substantial savings from our regular $45 rate, to encourage truckers to join and renew,” Dodson said. “Of the $25, we were giving 10 percent to the care package fund and then OOIDA was going to match the total.

“When the phones started ringing last Monday, members who were already paid up called in anyway to give us straight donations for the troops. We are absolutely astounded by the generosity of truckers supporting this effort, especially considering the current economy.”

In addition to raising money for care packages for U.S. troops serving overseas, the weeklong telethon resulted in more than 2,500 new and renewed OOIDA memberships, helping boost the Association’s membership to more than 158,500.

The money raised will be used to buy personal and comfort items for U.S. troops serving overseas. OOIDA staff will be preparing and arranging for delivery of the parcels directly to troops.

– By Land Line staff

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