OOIDA ships first round of Truckers for Troops care packages

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 2/8/2013

Employees at OOIDA headquarters have been busy this week packing the first round of Truckers for Troops care packages headed to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

Photo by Norita Taylor.

One of the boxes in this round of care packages headed to troops stationed overseas in combat zones, literally stuffed full of a variety of fun things and necessities.

Over the past six years, truckers have donated more than $352,000 to ensure that solders receive a care package from home.

Norita Taylor, media spokesperson for OOIDA, told Land Line, that it’s no surprise that OOIDA members are so generous and supportive of U.S. troops.

“We pay careful attention to the contents assembled for the packages and make sure that special care is taken in the shipping and handling,” Taylor said. “It’s one of the most favored programs of our members.”

The boxes, which weigh about 60 pounds apiece, were loaded with care items like socks, Planters peanuts, seasonings, puzzles and popcorn, as well as personal hygiene items. The boxes also contain letters and cards from school-age children. They’re a favorite among soldiers who have previously received the care packages.

Nikki Johnson, who coordinates the ordering and shipping for the Truckers for Troops program, is still collecting names and addresses of troops stationed in Afghanistan and other combat zones to send care packages. Those with names should call 816-229-5791 or email troops@ooida.com.

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