OOIDA's Truckers for Troops up and running (and the gloves are off)

By Land Line staff | 11/10/2014

Day one of the OOIDA Truckers for Troops Campaign was a busy one. The Membership Department and Switchboard Department both reported high calls volumes – with members anxious to contribute to the 2014 effort.

OOIDA’s annual Truckers for Troops campaign raises money for care packages to send to U.S. troops in overseas combat zones and runs Monday, Nov. 10, through Friday, Nov. 14.

The event now coincides with Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

During Truckers for Troops week, a broadcast is planned for each day on OOIDA’s “Land Line Now” satellite radio show on Sirius XM’s Road Dog Channel. During that week, truckers can join OOIDA or renew their membership for $35, with 10 percent of that money going toward care packages for U.S. troops stationed in combat areas overseas. OOIDA matches the 10 percent dollar for dollar.

A fan favorite during the “Land Line Now” telethon portion of the campaign is the annual friendly wager between “Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black and Land Line Managing Editor Jami Jones.

“Years ago Reed, who is an Army veteran, was talking trash saying that no other branch of the service would have more people call in and say they supported Army,” Jones said. “I figured, what the heck and bet him that some other branch would beat Army.

“I lost,” she said.

In the ensuing years, Jones has amped up the pressure and now pits all other branches of the armed services against Army – and finally started winning.

The bet? The loser has to wear a T-shirt proclaiming the other was “right.” (You can check out photos of previous years on the Truckers for Troops Facebook Page.) Tune in to catch Black and Jones go at it on air.

In seven years, the Truckers for Troops effort has raised more than $406,000, enabling the Association to send more than 2,500 care packages to nearly 30,000 military personnel. The care packages have been known to weigh as much as 70 pounds each and contain everything from necessities such as socks to fun stuff like Silly String.

All calls to join or renew membership through the start of business Monday, Nov. 17, will count toward the telethon totals. Ten percent of each member’s dues paid during the campaign will go toward the care packages, with OOIDA matching those funds.

Those zones include Afghanistan, the Kosovo area of former Yugoslavia, and the Arabian Peninsula Areas, including the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, part of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the countries of Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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