The third Truckers for Troops campaign is rockin’ and rollin’. OOIDA’s telethon runs Dec. 7-11, 2009, and raises funds to send care packages to military men and women stationed in combat areas overseas, especially Iraq and Afghanistan.
During this week, 10 percent of renewal and new membership fees will be matched by the Association. Land Line Now, the association’s official radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio, the Road Dog channel, will promote the telethon during its regularly scheduled broadcasts, 7-8 p.m. (EST). New and renewal memberships will be discounted from $45 to $25, 10 percent of which will go towards the care package funds.
Some of the items included in the care packages sent in past years were self-heating coffees, socks and personal care items. However, 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 put that special added touch in the care packages,” says OOIDA’s media spokesperson, Norita Taylor. “Especially from kids, it really means a lot.”
Earlier this year, OOIDA partnered with country singer and Life Member Leland Martin to raise funds for Truckers for Troops.
A portion of the sales of his CD “Truckers for Troops” has been going toward the program. Martin is also including a free DVD with every “Truckers for Troops” CD purchased on www.lelandmartin.com.
The DVD has six Leland Martin music videos, two of which are for songs on the “Truckers for Troops” CD. The DVD also includes “behind-the-scenes footage and bloopers.
Regarding the notes 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 to Truckers for Troops, P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO 64029-0712.