Trucker Charity hauling a 'precious' load for Wreaths Across America

By Kerry Evans-Spillman, Land Line staff | 12/10/2012

Trucker Charity Inc. was founded to help truckers in need but that isn’t all they’re about. President and OOIDA Life Member Lance Wood says, “Part of our mission is to give back.”

This year, they’re fulfilling that mission by participating in Wreaths Across America.

Lance decided to send the Trucker Charity truck to Maine with driver and Army veteran Tony Hamilton behind the wheel.

When Lance gave Tony the news, he was “ecstatic.”

When Tony, also an OOIDA member, got to the Worcester Wreath Co. in Maine on Friday, Dec. 7, the original plan was to load his truck with 300 wreaths. When another truck had to cancel, they asked if Tony could take almost 4,000 wreaths instead. Of course, he agreed.

He joined a convoy of trucks hauling wreaths from Columbia, ME, to Bangor, ME – an experience Tony said was, “hard to describe … emotional.”

“To see the respect of the people standing on the side of the road, waving flags, giving their support, it was unreal,” he said. “For 70 miles it was nothing but people standing on the side of the roads, in their driveways, parking on the side of the road, these two way roads in the middle of nowhere in Northern Maine. It’s an honor as a veteran and as a driver to give back to the community and the trucking business in this way.”

Monday he was heading to The Church of St. Denis cemetery in Hopewell Junction, NY. He is also looking forward to stopping at a Vietnam veterans’ memorial in White Plains, NY.

Tony said as a veteran this means a lot to him and he is grateful to the people of the Worcester Wreath Co. for honoring fallen heroes in this way.

Lance says Wreaths Across America still needs volunteers at to place wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lance and his wife, Kacie, plan to be at Arlington this weekend to help.

For more information about Wreaths Across America, click here.

Editor’s note: Tomorrow, we’ll report on OOIDA member Rodney Bartlett and his wife Synthia – team drivers for Load One LLC, and their participation in Wreaths Across America.

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