Averitt’s record donation to St. Jude hospital

Updated Feb 7, 2019

Setting another record for its largest-ever donation, Averitt Express‘ truckers and other employees raised a grand total of $750,001 in 2018, recently donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The donation marked the fourth-consecutive year Averitt employees have either matched or set a record in their donation to St. Jude. The amount is also the largest-ever employee-giving contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Isaiah Woodard (right), Averitt’s Fort Myers service center director, smiles during time spent crafting with a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient during a recent company visit to the facility.Isaiah Woodard (right), Averitt’s Fort Myers service center director, smiles during time spent crafting with a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient during a recent company visit to the facility.

The donation was driven by weekly contributions from Averitt employees as part of Averitt Cares for Kids, the company’s charitable employee-giving program. About 92 percent of Averitt associates participate, giving $1 per week to help St. Jude and other important causes. Additionally, Averitt’s executive team partners with Averitt associates to make contributions to Averitt Cares for Kids in recognition of their accomplishments and other life events.

Since Averitt Cares for Kids began in 1987, it has contributed close to $10 million overall to numerous charities, including more than $7 million to St. Jude.

“I’m humbled by our team’s giving spirit, because it says a lot about the people we have on our team,” said Gary Sasser, Averitt’s chairman and CEO.

Averitt Cares for Kids completed a $1.5 million endowment to help fund the initial construction of the St. Jude Leukemia and Lymphoma Clinic, where the majority of St. Jude patients are treated. Averitt associates’ most recent contribution will continue to support the innovative research and lifesaving care at St. Jude, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Clinic.