Volunteer organization steps up to help injured truckers make it home

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | 2/19/2015

Operating on a shoestring budget, a small group of volunteers for Trucker Charity Inc. have made it their mission to help fellow truck drivers in need.

Trucker Charity now operates the AmCoach, a motor coach specifically designed to transport sick or injured truck drivers to their homes or to rehabilitation centers or hospitals near their homes.

Trucker Charity President Lance Wood said the AmCoach will be parked at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium parking lot on March 26-28 at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

The organization operates solely on donations. Wood said about 90 percent of the time the volunteers foot the bill when a call comes in asking for help.

“We don’t ask the families for a dime,” Wood told Land Line recently. “When we get the calls, we start figuring out how we can help.”

Wood said without volunteers, the charity wouldn’t be able to operate. He said more volunteers are needed as the demand for the organization’s services continues to grow.

“We encourage everyone to come check out the AmCoach and see what we are about and what we hope to do in the future,” Wood told Land Line recently.

Trucker Charity will also be at booth No.66245 at MATS.

Wood said the organization’s motto is to “Get ’em fed, get ’em safe and get ’em home.” Besides operating the AmCoach, Trucker Charity helps stranded truck drivers without the financial means to get home. The charity also provides “Last Ride Home” transportation to help deceased truck drivers make it home.

“We see a need, and we work to get things done,” Wood said. “Luckily, truck drivers have big hearts and volunteers have come through for us when needed.”

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