Dec. 31: last day for TA/Petro ‘Band Together’ for St. Christopher fund

| 12/30/2011

For the second year in a row, TA and Petro travel stops are selling blue and green wristbands to raise money for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund. That campaign is coming to an end on Saturday, Dec. 31.

The campaign began Nov. 15 and while it was originally scheduled to run through Dec. 15, it was recently extended until the last day of the year.

Each $1 donation to support the St. Christopher Fund will get you a blue wristband at any TA and a green wristband at any Petro.

The Fund offers financial help to drivers who are dealing with health issues. In 2010, the generosity of truckers through the Band Together campaign raised $211,115 and another $3,300 during the Mid-America Trucking Show for the St. Christopher Fund.

The goal for 2011 is $220,000. In addition to supporting the Fund through the Band Together program, truckers can visit or call 877-332-GIVE (4483) to donate.

The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) is a Christian-based, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to professional truck drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship. SCF also conducts health research to benefit professional drivers and the trucking industry. SCF was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2007.

Since its inception, the St. Christopher fund has helped 440 truckers through November of this year. Executive Director Dr. Donna Kennedy reports that more than $183,000 has been spent to help truckers with needs due to medical issues.

SCF Operations Manager Arlene Plemons noted that the request for help has substantially increased since the TA/Petro campaign began.