With more than 26,000 active service men and women serving in hostile zones in Afghanistan and Iraq alone, truckers dug deep during the 2014 OOIDA Truckers for Troops campaign and raised $52,528 to provide care packages for our military personnel.
The goal of each Truckers for Troops campaign is to raise more than the previous year, facilitating more care packages each year. That goal was reached once again this year.
In the seven previous years of the annual event, more than $406,000 has been raised to provide more than 2,500 care packages serving nearly 30,000 troops. This year’s event brings the total donated to more than $458,000.
The care packages are not your traditional fare. The packages cost approximately $190 for the contents and another $50 to mail. They are packed with enough stuff for all the members of a unit.
The boxes contain everything from the practical like socks and lip balm to treats like hot sauce and candy to fun stuff like Silly String and Frisbees. Specialty boxes for women serving or for units with service dogs are sent on request, too.
Troops have told OOIDA that the letters and handmade cards from children are popular items. Since the packages will not start being shipped until January 2015 and will continue throughout the year as funds hold out, there is still time to contribute cards.
The cards and letters can be sent to Norita Taylor at OOIDA. Taylor says it’s best to not include personal information like addresses and telephone numbers.
OOIDA is also asking for the names and address of troops serving in active combat zones that we can send packages to. Call the name and address in to Nikki Johnson at OOIDA at 816-229-5791. You can also e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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