Wreaths Across America needs volunteers for 11 loads

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 12/9/2014

Wreaths Across America will start loading up and shipping out handmade wreaths across the country in the next 24 hours. As of press time, there are still 11 full loads needing a carrier or owner-operator to volunteer their time and equipment; five in Maine and six in Kansas City, Marli Riggs of Truckload Carriers Association informed Land Line.

Carriers and drivers can receive tax deductions for any in-kind donations of transportation, Wreaths Across America spokesperson Amber Caron told Land Line in an email. More than 100,000 volunteers will place nearly 700,000 wreaths upon gravesites at more than 1,000 locations across the country.

According to Deborah Sparks of Truckload Carriers Association, who is helping coordinate the event, approximately 165,000 of the 230,000 gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery are expected to receive a wreath. Sparks estimates more than 300 loads will be shipped out nationwide for WAA. In Houston alone, more than 20 trucks have volunteered for its local service.

Carriers and drivers have until 6 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, Dec. 10 to volunteer. Anyone interested in volunteering can check out available lanes and sign up at truckloadofrespect.com.

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