TA/Petro campaign puts St. Christopher fund in the spotlight

By Sandi Soendker, managing editor | Monday, January 09, 2012

St. Christopher Trucker Development and Relief Fund Operations Manager Arlene Plemons says the SCF office is scrambling to process an avalanche of assistance requests, thanks to a successful promotion campaign by TravelCenters of America – known by truckers as simply TA/Petro.

Plemons said this week that 38 percent of the fund’s applications for assistance have come in since “Band Together 2011” began Nov. 15.

The campaign ended on the last day of 2011.

“We have seen an immense increase in the number of applicants and phone calls since the promotion started,” said Plemons. “I anticipate seeing an increase in applicants for the next few months. We saw the same thing happen last year.”

She says the SCF went from an average of 10 applications per month to 40 in December alone, and she says they keep coming in.

In 2010, the Band Together campaign raised $211,115 and another $3,300 during the Mid-America Trucking Show for the St. Christopher Fund. The total raised by the Band Together effort for 2011 has not yet been announced.

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.

Through December 2011, 457 truckers have been helped. The most prevalent medical problems last year were in the categories of cardiology and cancer. SCF reported that 229 were diagnosed with heart problems and104 had cancer.

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