12th Annual Truckers For Troops Campaign
OOIDA Care Package Fundraiser November 5-9th
Starting next week the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will be running their 12th Truckers for Troops® care package campaign to raise funds with the aim of sending care packages to service personnel stationed in combat zones. Truckers for Troops also helps a variety of veteran’s facilities here in the U.S., including those assisting or housing wounded, disabled or homeless service members.
During Truckers for Troops week, truckers can join OOIDA or renew their membership for $35, with 10 percent of that money going toward care packages. OOIDA matches the 10 percent dollar for dollar. Individual tax-deductible contributions to the Truckers for Troops fund are also welcome. You can also visit Jon Osburn at The Spirit of the American Trucker touring trailer during the campaign and sign up or renew your membership.
Over the past 11 years, the Truckers for Troops effort has raised more than $500,000, sending care packages to more than 36,000 military personnel.
To contribute, join, or renew, call OOIDA’s main number at 800-444-5791. Phones will be answered by operators, and the switchboards will stay open later than usual until 7:30 p.m. CST.
Send a care package to a family member or friend serving in a combat zone.
The Association is also currently seeking names and addresses of military members for sending packages. Anyone who has a family member or friend serving in a combat zone with the U.S. military, and who would like for them to get a care package, can email the name and complete address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include projected stateside return date. We are also looking for veteran facilities with unmet needs.
Personal Cards or Letters
OOIDA is also accepting personal cards or letters to include inside the packages. “We like getting handmade cards or letters from a variety of groups and individuals to include in the packages,” said Norita Taylor, OOIDA director of public relations. “A personal note or card adds warmth to what we send.”
If you or your organization would like to send a personalized card, mail it to:
Attention: Truckers for Troops
P.O. Box 1000
Grain Valley, MO 64029.
Note: Towns or school names can be included, but please do not include last names or other personal information. The cards or letters should not be Christmas themed as packages go out in January or February 2019 and veterans packages are sent throughout the year.