News roundup, May 15: Walcott Jamboree goes virtual; Progressive donates $100k to St. Chris fund

Trucking news and briefs for Friday, May 15: 

Walcott moves annual jamboree to online format
Organizers of the 2020 Walcott Truckers Jamboree on Thursday announced the event normally held at the Iowa 80 truck stop in Walcott, Iowa, is going virtual this year because of the COVID-19 coronavirus. There will be an online Antique Truck Show; Super Truck Beauty Contest; Trucker’s Best Friend Pet Contest and free meals for drivers from July 9-11. More details and a schedule of online events can be found at truckersjamboree.com.

St. Christopher Fund receives $100k donation from Progressive

St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund announced this week it received a $100,000 donation from Progressive Insurance. The donation follows several other large contributions made to the national nonprofit since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the U.S. in March.

Donations to SCF help provide financial assistance to ill or injured truck drivers. Assistance may be in the form of direct payment to providers for household living expenses such as rent/mortgage, utilities, vehicle payments and insurance. SCF also provides health and wellness programs for drivers in hopes to prevent some medical illnesses. Some of these programs include health challenges, smoking cessation and free flu, shingles and pneumonia vaccines.

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