On Monday, OOIDA’s Truckers for Troops launched its sixth annual campaign that will send care packages to a number of members of the armed forces serving in combat zones overseas.
In its first five years, OOIDA’s Truckers for Troops has raised more than $303,000. Last year, the campaign raised enough money to send 341 care packages. This year OOIDA is hoping to break all previous records.
“In the first five years, truckers raised enough to provide 2,241 care packages – enough for 26,748 service members and 100 military dogs,” says OOIDA Director of Public Relations Norita Taylor, “and the goal for the 2012 campaign is to raise enough money to exceed that.”
Each year, OOIDA’s radio show, Land Line Now, promotes the Truckers for Troops campaign during its regularly scheduled broadcasts. The show airs on Sirius XM 106, the Road Dog Channel, at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
Through Friday, Dec. 7, truckers will be able to join OOIDA or renew their memberships for $25. Ten percent of that is going toward purchasing and shipping care packages overseas.
The Association has vowed to match the 10 percent dollar for dollar during this week, but Dec. 7 is not really the last day to get the good deal on membership or to donate.
Through Jan. 31, 2013, mention the Truckers for Troops and your dues will be discounted from $45 to $25. Or you can simply make a donation anytime.
Boxes start going overseas in January and continue to ship out through early summer. Some of the items included in the care packages sent in past years were self-heating coffees, socks, cigars, Silly String, snacks, books and personal care items. Among the most popular were the handmade greeting cards.
The project got an early boost with a generous donation from Shell Rotella for $5,000.
During the week of the campaign, 10 percent of renewal and new membership fees are matched by the Association. New and renewal memberships are discounted from $45 to $25, 10 percent of which go toward the care package funds.
“We are sending cards and letters in the packages again since it’s a great way to show support, and our recipients tell us it’s one of the most popular things we send,” said Taylor.
Cards and letters can be sent until Jan. 7, 2013.
Send to OOIDA headquarters, attention: Truckers for Troops, P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO 64029. Individual envelopes are not necessary. Towns or school names can be included, but please do not include last names or other personal information. For more information, call 816-229-5791 and ask for Norita Taylor.