OOIDA members and other truckers have done it again.
This year – in spite of the economy – a new record was set for contributions to the Truckers for Troops Telethon.
This year’s preliminary total is $56,711. That’s $2,000 more than last year and $14,000 more than in 2007, the first year of the telethon.
That preliminary total will likely go up as more donations come in.
The generosity of all the truckers who participated means OOIDA will be sending a record number of care packages to our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Land Line Now’s Mark Reddig – who worked tirelessly to put the telethon together – says the outpouring of generosity comes as no surprise to him.
“Well, we’ve always said throughout the whole Telethon that these people are incredibly patriotic,” Reddig said. “I think that this just proves the point that we already knew. These are people who truly believe – no matter what they think about the war itself – that we’ve learned the lesson from Vietnam in the sense that we know no matter what the policy is we have to support our troops.
“Those people deserve our support no matter what situation they are in. Truckers are simply good people. They are opposite of this public image that they have. And once again they’ve simply proven that.”
Incidentally, remember Land Line Senior Editor Jami Jones saying on the air that she’d put on a T-shirt saying Reed Black was right if the Army veterans beat out the Marines, Navy and Air Force in total contributions?
Well, if you’d like some proof that Army vets kicked some serious you know what, click here to see Jami wearing the T-shirt.
– By Reed Black, Land Line Now news anchor