OOIDA member is a buddy to students

| 1/9/2002

Owner-operator and OOIDA member Kevin Bradford may not look like Santa Claus, but he enjoys playing the role to his third grade Trucker Buddy class. Kevin insists that he is the one who has the most fun in playing Santa Claus for the class.

Each child in Heather Garland's Simpsonville, KY, Elementary school was given one gift - donated by The Siefkes Group of Issaquah.

"I love going to speak with the kids," says Kevin. "It's so easy to do and the rewards are great for both me and the kids. Watching their eyes light up when you tell them about trucking and being out on the road is really special."

When Kevin, of North Easton, MA, isn't corresponding with the class or moving families around the country as a household goods mover, he shows his Kenworth at truck shows. The class was able to visit Kevin at last year's Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville. While at the show, they were treated to the Alabama concert, compliments of Kenworth, and watched and cheered as Kevin won a second place trophy in a combo division in his first ever event.

"It was a lot of fun having some of the kids come down to visit and going to the concert," says Kevin. "We're planning on having them come down again this year."

Trucker Buddy is a non profit organization supported solely by donations from sponsors, such as Platinum level DaimlerChrysler Services and Gold Level donors; OOIDA, Caterpillar, Delphi, Midnight Cowboy Radio Network, in addition to Silver Level donors: ArvinMeritor, AT&T, Kenworth, TruckDriver.com, TCA and Wal-mart. For more information about the program, visit http://www.truckerbuddy.org or call 1-800-MY BUDDY (692-8339).