Omnitracs, a leading provider of fleet management solutions to trucking and logistics companies, has donated more than 550 books to Trucker Buddy International and the Dallas Independent School District as a component of the company’s growing corporate social responsibility initiative.
The illustrated children’s book, “Papa Doug Hauls Strawberries & Smiles,” tells the story of a truck driver’s tales from the road, as recounted to his son.
Omnitracs’ contribution of the books to the two non-profits aims to promote the trucking industry as a career choice while benefiting children’s literacy.
“As a leading member of the Dallas Business community and the nationwide commercial trucking industry, we are committed to supporting causes that positively impact our neighbors, customers and employees,” said John Graham, CEO of Omnitracs.
Omnitracs’ donation includes 250 books given to Trucker Buddy International, which helps educate and mentor school children via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
A portion of the books were distributed to Boy Scouts of America troops attending the Merit Badge and Trucking Industry Tour and the families of truck drivers at the Great American Truck Show last month in Dallas. Additional books will be distributed via Trucker Buddy to the children of other truck drivers. Omnitracs also donated more than 300 copies of the book to the Dallas Independent School District to be added to school library collections.
“We were thrilled Omnitracs provided us the opportunity to pass out these books to scouts, teachers and drivers’ families to help educate the public about the importance of the trucking industry,” said Randy Schwartzenburg, executive director of Trucker Buddy International. “With this generous donation, Omnitracs reaffirms its commitment to supporting our industry, while also befitting children and their families in Dallas and elsewhere.”
“Papa Doug Hauls Strawberries & Smiles” was written by Leslie Jones and published by the Tennessee Trucking Association. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book supports the Trucking Moves America Forward image and industry betterment campaign.