OOIDA Kicks Off Truckers For Troops Program

OOIDA Kicks Off Truckers For Troops Program

Yesterday, OOIDA announced the kickoff of the 2013 Truckers For Troops care package campaign is scheduled for the week of December 9-13.

The program has been ran by OOIDA since 2007 and thanks to a $5,000 donation from Shell Rotella, Truckers for Troops is off to a good start.

Truckers for Troops raises money for care packages for service personnel stationed in combat zones.

Do you know a service member who is deserving or in need of the care package? OOIDA is currently seeking addresses for for sending packages.

“Anyone who has a family member or friend serving in a war zone with the U.S. military, and who would like for them to get a care package, can send the name and complete address to[email protected],” a press release from OOIDA states.

“We have a list started, thanks to input from our members,” said Norita Taylor, Media Spokesperson for OOIDA. “But we have room for more addresses.”

During the Truckers for Troops week, OOIDA’s Land Line Now show on Sirius XM 128 will broadcast updates and information about the program.

Also during that week, truck drivers can join OOIDA or renew their membership for $25 and 10% of their membership fee will go toward a care package.  The discounted membership price will run though January 31.

“Individual tax-deductible contributions to the Truckers for Troops fund are also welcome and can be paid to the OOIDA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.” OOIDA said.

“We are also asking for kids and adults around the country to help with this important part of a yearly tradition by sending us letters and cards to include in the care packages,” Taylor said.

ADDRESS to send cards and letters.

Attention: Truckers for Troops, P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, MO 64029. Towns or school names can be included, but please do not include last names or other personal information. No particular theme and not necessarily Christmas. Packages will likely go out after the holidays in January or February.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the largest national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. The Association currently has more than 150,000 members nationwide. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the Greater Kansas City, Mo., area.