The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund is a truck driver charity that helps drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship. As it begins a new year, the fund is well on its way to $1 million in assistance.
The SCF reported recently that in 2014, the charity has given a total of $855, 236 since the charity’s inception in 2007. A total of 1,118 drivers have been helped.
In 2014, the SCF gave financial assistance 449 times in the amount of $317,627 to 373 drivers in need. In 2013, the organization gave $193,339 to qualifying truckers and their families. The top reason for applications was cardiology, including all heart conditions such as high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease and heart attacks.
Executive Director Dr. Donna Kennedy is calling 2014 a blockbuster year for the fund. Kennedy said during the month of December, the St. Christopher Fund sent checks in the total amount of $47,236, divided among 50 applicants.
“In just one week we gave $20,759 to support beneficiaries,” said Shannon Currier, operations manager and director of philanthropy and development. “That’s a lot of checks in one week.”
In December, Tom Liutkus was elected as president of the SCF Board of Directors. Liutkus is vice president of marketing and public relations for TravelCenters of America and has served on the board for several years. Joyce Brenny, CEO of Brenny Transportation was elected as vice president. Land Line Editor-in-Chief Sandi Soendker was elected secretary, and Tom Heinz of Coffee Cup Fuel Stops was elected treasurer.
Other members of the board are Tim Ridley of Nemo Entertainment; Linda Caffee, owner-operator from Silex, Mo.; Buck Black, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; and Rick Ash, owner-operator from Lakewood, Colo., and chairman of the Trucking Solutions Group.
SCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Along with assistance, the SCF also conducts health research to benefit truck drivers and the trucking industry.
On Feb. 16-18, representatives of the St. Christopher Fund will be at the Natso show in Las Vegas and March 26-28 in Louisville for the Mid-America Trucking Show.
For more information, visit truckersfund.org or send a letter to P.O. Box 30763, Knoxville, Tenn. 37930.
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