The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has announced its eighth annual Truckers for Troops care package campaign raised a total of $52,528 to pack and send care packages to service personnel stationed in combat zones.
The fundraising effort took place the week of Nov. 10 — the week that includes Veteran’s Day — and had a generous start with a donation of $5,000 from Shell Rotella.
Now the association is actively seeking addresses for sending packages and accepting personal cards or letters to include inside the packages.
“We thank our members for making it all possible and hope they continue to follow updates on social media,” said Norita Taylor, OOIDA spokeswoman. The first shipments will go out mid-January 2015.
Taylor also said that cards and letters are starting to arrive, but that there is plenty of room for more.
“Each year we receive handmade cards or letters from a variety of groups and individuals. They add that personal touch to the packages,” said Taylor.
An OOIDA tradition since 2007, the Truckers for Troops effort has now raised more than $458,500. Over the years, the association has sent more than 2,500 care packages to nearly 30,000 military personnel. The care packages have been known to weigh as much as 70 pounds each and contain everything from necessities such as socks to fun items such as Silly String.
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@example.com.
Send cards and letters to: 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.