Hundreds of truckers showed up in Lancaster, Pa., on Mother’s Day for the 26th annual Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy. A total of 380 trucks drove in and raised more than $300,000 for the Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
With 45 more trucks than last year’s convoy, participants brought in enough donations to grant wishes for approximately 30 children. Since truckers have until June 15 to turn in their pledges, the exact amount raised is to be determined.
Back in 1990, a 12-year-old named Matt wished to ride in a truck and speak with his sister on a CB radio. Approximately 40 trucks showed up to grant Matt his wish. In a press release sent out before this year’s convoy, Make-A-Wish expected more than 250 trucks to participate.
In addition to raising money and awareness, approximately 100 Make-A-Wish children rode along in the convoy. Pictures of children who have been helped by the charity were used to decorate many of the trucks. Approximately 6,000 spectators were spread across the route that ran 28 miles.
This year’s convoy was sponsored by RoadPro, which donated $20,000 to the foundation.
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