While OOIDA staff continues to log and tally donations received during the Association’s “Truckers for Troops” telethon, work has already begun on preparation of the care packages that the telethon funds will pay for.
The packages will include personal and comfort items for U.S. troops serving overseas and will be delivered directly to troops after the first of the year.
As of Friday afternoon, Dec. 14, the tally for straight donations was at more than $21,000. Donations are still coming in, and OOIDA staff is still processing memberships and tabulating the 10 percent from member dues collected during the telethon that will go toward the packages for the troops. In addition, OOIDA will provide matching funds equal to the 10 percent from the membership dues.
The Association’s goal was to raise $5,000 for the packages. Sylvia Dodson, the supervisor of OOIDA’s Membership Department, said that the straight donations were “icing.” When the telethon was being developed, the plan did not include straight donations.
“We decided to offer a special $25 dues rate, which is a substantial savings from our regular $45 rate, to encourage truckers to join and renew,” Dodson said. “Of the $25, we were giving 10 percent to the care package fund and then OOIDA was going to match the total.”
Dodson said when the phones started ringing, members who were already paid up called in anyway to give straight donations for the troops. And the phones are still ringing. So, OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston announced that the Association would continue to accept donations for the troops through Dec. 31.
In addition to raising money for care packages for U.S. troops serving overseas, the weeklong telethon resulted in more than 2,500 new and renewed OOIDA memberships, helping boost the Association’s membership to more than 158,500.
– By Land Line staff