TA and Petro launches St. Christopher Fund campaign in August

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | 7/29/2016

TravelCenters of America’s annual fundraising campaign for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund begins Aug. 1.

The St. Christopher campaign, which started in 2010, will run at participating TA and Petro locations through Aug. 31. St. Christopher Fund is a nonprofit organization that helps truck drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship.

As part of the campaign, guests and employees at TA and Petro Stopping Centers will be invited to make donations. Those who donate a $1 will receive a commemorative wristband, while those who donate $5 will receive a St. Christopher Fund keychain.

Donations may be made at participating TA and Petro restaurants, travel stores, fuel buildings and truck service facilities. All of the money generated will go to the St. Christopher Fund.

“It’s always a great feeling helping St. Christopher Fund raise money for truck drivers in need,” Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters said in a press release. “Seeing how our customers come together to help their fellow drivers in need is an amazing example of why we’ve all come to love and respect the truck driving community. Our team is proud to play a role in making that happen and telling others about it.”

According to the St. Christopher Fund website, the organization has provided more than $1.3 million to 1,575 truck drivers since its inception in 2007. The money helps with such costs as rent and mortgage, utilities, medical costs and insurance.

The TA and Petro annual campaign contribution is the largest single donation the St. Christopher Fund receives each year. Last year, the campaign generated $315,331 for the charity.

“We cannot thank the donors and TA and Petro employees enough for all they do to make this campaign so successful,” Donna Kennedy, executive director of the St. Christopher Fund. “We are truly grateful.”

Truckers in need can apply for funds here.

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