As a result of customer and employee donations during its annual “Band Together for SCF” campaign, and summer trade show fundraising events, TravelCenters of America presented a check this week to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund for $295,843.16.
Each year, TravelCenters leads the charge to exceed the previous year’s donations to the SCF. By rallying customers and employees around the single cause of helping professional drivers who are suffering financial hardship due to medical problems, TravelCenters has worked to help raise nearly $1.4 million since 2010 for the Fund.
This year’s check amount came from TravelCenters’ fifth annual “Band Together” campaign, which ran during August at 250 TA and Petro Stopping Centers locations nationwide, as well as during recent professional driver events, including the TA Walcott Truckers Jamboree, Expedite Expo, and the Great American Trucking Show.
“Our customers and employees continue to amaze. Their generosity and drive to contribute to the well-being of disadvantaged truck drivers,” said Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters. “Helping to raise these dollars also contributes to TravelCenters’ goal of treating professional drivers with the respect they deserve.”
O’Brien said because of SCF’s help with expenses and monthly bills, drivers can tend to their health issues and focus on returning to work, lifting a “weight from their shoulders.”
“And it’s what we can do to help thank them for the loads they pull on the road each day,” he said.
During the “Band Together” campaign events at TA and Petro sites and trade shows, guests and employees were invited to make donations of $1 or $5. Those making $1 donations got a commemorative wristband. New this year, antique silver SCF keychains were offered for donations of $5 or more. One hundred percent of all donations has gone to the SCF.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to TravelCenters for managing these fundraising efforts on SCF’s behalf, or their customers and employees who make these donations,” said Donna Kennedy, executive director of the SCF. “To date, the SCF has helped 1,075 professional drivers with financial assistance with utility bills, mortgage payments and other monthly bills.”
The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to professional truck drivers who have medical problems and are suffering financial hardship.
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