philanthropy

Operation Roger, Susanne Spirit get some national ink

Growing for a long moment, the Operation Roger network of volunteer haulers making themselves available to connect adopted pets with new caretakers -- or to reunite lost pets with their owners -- free of any charge got some ink this month. The MSNBC cable network did a story on them, and we're happy to report they remain strong, having made since 2005 nearly 600 such connections. Laura T. Coffey's story began with a profile of hauler ...

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John Deere pedal car grand prize in Trucker Charity benefit raffle

And what's best about it all is that the proceeds will go toward benefiting trucking families in need at Christmastime via Trucker Charity's Christmas Group. Tickets to enter the raffle for the car (pictured), which was donated by Freedom Air Filters, can be purchased through Paypal via the Trucker Charity website for $3 for a single chance to win, $10 for 11 chances, and $20 for 25. The organization, whose tagline is "Truckers helping truckers," ...

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New health audiobook, convoy for cancer cure, Project 351 gets low

Joe Martin, whom you'll no doubt remember as the operator behind the Truckercise DVDs I wrote about earlier in the year (Martin's pictured, right, with Alex Debogorski of Ice Road fame), announced recently that a new truckers' health strategies audiobook that he contributed a chapter to is out and available. The book, Truckers' Road to Health, is a production of the Man in White health care discount broker service for truckers without insurance, in conjunction ...

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Owner-operators remembering Chance Rogers at GATS

A fixture at truck shows for years with his owner-operator grandfather Jim Rogers, leased to Fikes, young Chance Rogers passed away July 11 after a long battle with bone cancer. Several owner-operators and drivers have banded together in the Truckers United for Charities group to honor Chance by raising money for a memorial fund in his name for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation in Porland, Ore. “That was the hospital that took care of Chance,” ...

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Atlas helps with United Way effort

For the second consecutive year, Atlas Van Lines joins United Way as a Pacesetter company in the organization’s annual campaign. Atlas held several events at its Evansville, Ind., headquarters to raise money for agencies supported by United Way. The series of special activities culminates to United Way’s “Day of Caring” on Sept. 9.

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Tony’s Convoy for Hope of a cancer cure in Alberta Sunday

The man it's named after wasn't a trucker, as notes Canadian Stouffville (Alberta) Sun-Tribune editor and columnist Jim Mason in the story he wrote about Tony's Convoy for Hope, published July 15. But thanks to his in-law oil-tank haulers, his "is is a big name in Western Canadian trucking circles," as Mason writes. Rossi (pictured) passed away in September 2010, after a rallying convoy was organized by his aforementioned oil-hauling brother-in-law Tom Jack and his wife, ...

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Ohio small fleet providing tornado relief

Buddy Allen of the 15-truck New Era Trucking fleet in North Ridgeville, Ohio, is calling on Northeast Ohio residents to help fill a 53-foot dry van's worth of non-perishable food, water and other goods to haul south to assist residents affected by last week's tornadoes. WKYC-TV News Channel 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, reported yesterday on Allen's effort, to which he'll dedicated a rig in his fleet and all associated transport costs. Click on the image ...

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Hats off for heroes at Fort Sam Houston. . .

My Truckers News Exit Only column this month details the long efforts of Marten Transport driver Candy Bass to grow a program she designed several years ago to send a positive message to wounded veterans of U.S. wars -- namely, that American truck drivers haven't forgotten about them. This year the annual program of hat donation, as I detailed in the magazine and in a previous post to the blog here, at upward of 1,500 ...

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Collective trucking effort donates caps for wounded soldiers

When Marten Transport driver and 3 milion safe miler Candy Bass (pictured) saw a documentary on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center a few years ago, she was so affected by the scenes detailing the lives of wounded veterans that she determined to do her part: 1) She wanted to do something that would be of practical benefit to soldiers dealing with the personal physical legacy of service to the country, and 2) Perhaps more importantly, ...

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A coffee for St. Christopher

What says trucking more than a good cup of coffee? Though I haven't done much coffee-related reporting since the March 2008 Truckers News story probing haulers' coffee preferences, I suspect that with the turmoil we've all seen in the economy since that time, the 16 percent of drivers reporting they made their own brew on the road have been joined by many others today. This morning, I thought you'd appreciate, I myself had a few ...

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