By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor
A West Virginia trucker delivered an important load over the weekend to help people in need. For the second year in a row, OOIDA Life Member Robert Ruckman has donated his time and equipment to deliver donated clothing, toys and other items to underprivileged families in Crum, WV.
Organizer Andrea Ciniero, left, and OOIDA Life Member Robert Ruckman, right, along with other volunteers show what can be accomplished when people team up to help needy families.
Andrea Ciniero, who has organized the drive for 13 years from her hometown of Ellicott City, MD, said in an e-mail that Ruckman is a hero for donating to the cause.
Crum is 450 miles from Ellicott City, so it requires a special kind of volunteer to make the trip. The soft-spoken Ruckman told Land Line that he is just happy to do his part.
“Everything went really well,” he said Monday. “I came home in a snowstorm, but it wasn’t bad when I was driving.”
Ruckman took an empty trailer to Ciniero on Friday, Dec. 3, from his hometown in Leivasy, WV. Ciniero’s friends, neighbors, coworkers and other members of her community dropped off donated items.
On Saturday evening, he departed for the Starting Points Family Resources Center in Crum. The donated items will be distributed to needy families during the holidays.
“We filled the trailer to the top this time,” Ruckman said. “I helped them unload (Sunday) and it filled their building up down there.”
For 10 years, Ciniero had partnered with UPS to make the delivery, but a change in company policy in 2009 put an end to the partnership. After seeing a local news story online, OOIDA staff helped Ciniero get the word out about needing a truck and the new partnership was born.
“She’s great. She’s a fun lady,” said Ruckman. “I told her to sign me up for next year.”
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