Oregon’s log truck drivers and lumberjack’s raised $80,000 in this year’s annual Log A Load for Kids program to support three children’s hospitals in the state, according to Jim Geisinger, executive director of Associated Oregon Loggers in Salem.
Geisinger said the group has donated that amount annually for at least 10 years. It is divided among Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene.
This is part of the Children’s Miracle Network, Geisinger said. The money goes to neonatal intensive care units.
Geisinger said Associated Oregon Loggers has more than 950 members that hail from Portland, Medford and Eugene and many surrounding areas. The neonatal intensive care units are Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Rogue Valley Medical Center and Sacred Heart Medical Center.
The main way the trucker and lumber industry groups earn money is through membership fees. They also hold an annual golf tournament, alongside a silent auction. The group then lets the public get in on the action by holding a Casino Night adjacent to their annual meeting in January.
Geisinger said when the program first started, members were asked to donate the equivalent value of a load of logs. The Log A Load for Kids program was founded in 1988 in South Carolina and has since raised more than $2 million nationwide.
It’s something that is very important to our members, Geisinger said. It’s a way of giving back to our communities and some of our members have children or grandchildren who have benefited from care at one of the hospitals.