Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 – You would be hard-pressed to find a single more patriotic group than truck drivers. That’s a truth that’s been proven two years running and again on Monday night with the kick-off of OOIDA’s Truckers for Troops Telethon on Land Line Now.
In its first two years the telethon has raised more than $97,000 to go toward care packages for members of the armed forces serving in active duty overseas. The 2008 telethon raised enough to provide care packages for more than 3,900 service members, and the goal for the 2009 telethon is to raise enough money to match that.
“We’re astounded every year by how truckers, in the worst economy most have seen in their lifetimes, dig deep into their pockets for this cause,” said Land Line Now host Mark Reddig. “We’ve always known this is a patriotic group, but they surprise even us every single year we do this.”
During the week of the telethon, Dec. 7-11, truckers may join OOIDA or renew their memberships for $25, and 10 percent of that will go toward purchasing and shipping care packages overseas. The Association will match the 10 percent dollar for dollar during the week of the telethon.
There are several ways to participate in the telethon – by joining the Association, renewing your membership or simply making a donation:
- During business hours or during our early broadcast, call 800-444-5791, and ask for membership;
- After business hours, call that same number, 800-444-5791. If you get our automated system, press 1; leave your name and phone number, and we’ll call you back;
- Take part online by sending your dues and donation to OOIDA Truckers for Troops, P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO 64029; be sure to make your check “Troops, dues and donation” or “Troops, donation only”;
- Or join online here – just put the word “troops” in the space for promo code.
As the telethon kicked off, initial reports from OOIDA’s Membership Department – the front line in taking memberships and donations – are that the calls and donations appear to be on pace with previous years.
Land Line Now airs on XM 171 and Sirius 147 at 7 p.m. Eastern time, with an encore broadcast at midnight Eastern.