Outside the ordinary

| August 01, 2006

Baggett, also known as “Saddles” because she has owned horses and used to sell saddles and tack, has been driving for 20 years and is now an owner-operator for Trailer Convoys, Inc., out of Stratford, S.D. The 46-year-old mother of two and grandmother of seven recently started an organization called Truckers with Teddys, which provides needy children and their families with teddy bears, toys, blankets and any other supplies people want to donate.

Her website, provides six addresses that accept donations. Although Baggett was originally inspired by the destruction of Katrina, her charity is not limited to hurricane victims and includes a home for abused mothers and their children.

Since the inception of Truckers with Teddys, Baggett estimates that between 5,000 to 10,000 bears, gift cards and blankets have been donated to the needy.

“I don’t know what comes from who, but whoever gets the stuff knows it comes from truck drivers,” Baggett says.

The one-woman organization began one day when Baggett called into the Bubba Bo Show on XM Satellite Radio’s Open Road Channel to talk about what truck drivers could do to help hurricane victims.

“A man called in and said that he wanted to donate teddy bears and could build a website,” Baggett says. “He called me back a few minutes later and said, ‘get on a computer,’ and there it was.”

Not only can people box gifts and send them to the addresses on her website, but Baggett also enlists truck drivers to deliver a load if they are in the designated area and would like to volunteer. She has been to New Orleans three times and is currently on the injured list from a torn rotator cuff. This hasn’t stopped her from coordinating donations and deliveries, she says.

Baggett is currently applying for non-profit 501 (c)(3) status for Truckers with Teddys, and she is also a member of Operation Roger, an organization that reunites lost pets and their owners. Displayed on the front of her truck is a Truckers with Teddys sign, along with a number where people who want to help can call.

“I just tell people to think about what these people are left with – nothing,” Baggett says. “If I lost my home, I would still have my truck.”
–Rachel Telehany

Emergency Purchase
Trucker helps stabilize diabetic grandmother with O.J.

It was a small act, but it made a big difference.

Davis Transport driver Andrew Lee of Silver Springs, Nev., had pulled into a truckstop near Marysville, Wash., to buy lunch and was returning to his rig when he noticed a woman sitting in her SUV with the window down.

The woman, Dr. Ginny Tresvant, explained that she was a diabetic and had pulled into the truckstop because she was feeling dizzy. Upon checking her blood sugar, she discovered it was extremely low, but she did not have enough energy to get herself and her 17-month-old twin grandsons, who were asleep in the back of the vehicle, into the store to purchase what she needed.

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