Beginning Sept. 24, drivers
may have noticed the Ohio Turnpike Commission is collecting donations for
relief efforts following the Sept. 11 attacks.
The commission has brought
out "Blinky," the turnpike's orange-barreled mascot, to help kickoff
their "Caring About America" fundraising campaign. Blinky barrels
have been distributed to 14 service plazas along the turnpike, allowing travelers
to make donations of change and cash.
"As a public entity,
the commission has limitations on what can be contributed to the relief efforts;
however, we still feel an overwhelming desire to help our fellow citizens,
friends and others in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania," said Gino
Zomparelli, the commission's executive director. As a result, the commission
has developed a fundraising campaign in which all proceeds will go directly
to the rescue and relief efforts.
"The relief effort
is expected to continue for months to come, as will the need for monetary
donations. Americans have poured out their hearts to help in the wake of this
tragedy and the commission is planning to do its part with the help of Blinky,
the generous patrons who travel on the Ohio Turnpike, and its dedicated workforce,"