Truckers for Troops program raises $73,500

The fifth annual Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Truckers for Troops campaign raised $73,560 for care packages for military personnel stationed in combat areas overseas.

“We are not surprised at the level of support from our members,” said Norita Taylor, OOIDA spokesperson. “We know they care about our troops and are more than willing to participate in this program. They make it happen.”

While socks and snacks top the list of most troops’ care packages and will certainly be included, Taylor said, it is the hand-made cards and letters from home that make the packages truly special.

“We are still asking for kids around the country to help with this important part of the annual program as it’s one of the most popular things we send,” she said.

Truckers for Troops took place Dec. 5-9, raising money to pack and send care packages to service personnel stationed primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. The campaign received a donation from Shell Rotella for $5,000.

To send cards and letters, send to OOIDA headquarters, attention: Truckers for Troops, P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO 64029.