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TravelCenters Kicks Off St. Christopher Fund for Beleaguered Truckers

August 3, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fuel, Image, News, Owner Operators
Truckers Development and Relief Fund

TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has launched its annual campaign in support of the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF), a non-profit organization that helps truck drivers suffering from financial hardship due to medical problems.

The month-long campaign will run at all TA and Petro locations through the end of August.

During the event, guests and employees at TA and Petro Stopping Centers will be invited to make donations. As in past years, those making $1 donations will receive a commemorative wristband and those making a $5 donation will receive an SCF keychain. Donations may be made at all TA and Petro restaurants, travel stores, fuel buildings and truck service facilities. One hundred percent of all donations will go to the SCF.

“We initially got involved with SCF in hopes to help further the only organization, at the time, which was solely devoted to helping truck drivers in need,” said Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters. “Six years later we can successfully say that it has, because of campaigns like these. We couldn’t be happier to continue to support an organization where prayers are answered every day with every dollar donated.”

TravelCenters has been supporting drivers through the SCF since 2010. The TA and Petro annual campaign contribution marks the largest single donation the fund receives each year. As of July 2015, the SCF has helped more than 1,300 truck drivers and their families with monthly bills, including utilities and mortgages.

“We are so very thankful for TA and Petro, said Dr. Donna Kennedy, executive director of SCF. “We honestly wouldn’t still be here to help drivers in need without this annual campaign. We are grateful to the customers for their donations. Their generosity helps so many of their fellow drivers. We also think the employees are amazing and love how enthusiastic they are about this cause. The ‘Band Together for SCF’ campaign is truly a feel-good story.”

Professional drivers who are suffering from financial hardships due to medical problems can apply to the SCF for assistance at