XPO Logistics Inc. announced this week that employees of its truckload business raised more than $46,000 during the company’s 22nd annual Truckloads of Treasures holiday giving campaign.
Since 1993, Truckloads of Treasures has presented more than $705,000 in employee-raised donations to local organizations.
Nearly 150 XPO employees, family members and friends participated in a shopping spree at the Joplin Target store to purchase holiday gifts for local children and senior citizens in need. An XPO tractor-trailer was present at the event to make the special delivery to the Salvation Army.
The company presented an additional $500 in donations to each of seven local charities: Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri, Area Agency on Aging Region X, Pro Musica, Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri, Art Feeds Joplin, Camp Quality Ozarks and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States.
“To receive a donation like this, especially during the holiday season, makes an immense impact for Art Feeds Joplin,” said Ashley Le Blanc, executive director of Art Feeds Joplin. “Because of organizations like XPO Logistics, we’re able to give the gift of creativity to thousands of children in the Joplin community.”
To raise the necessary funds for Truckloads of Treasures, XPO Logistics’ executive management team and employees donated several raffle prizes. The company also held fundraising events such as a chili cook-off and pie-making competitions.
“Truckloads of Treasures is a proud tradition for our company,” said Bert Johnson, vice president of human resources for XPO’s truckload business. “Our employees take great joy in the opportunity to give back to the communities where they live and work.”
In addition to the Joplin shopping spree, each of the company’s other terminal locations in Laredo and Dallas, Texas; Taylor, Mich.; and West Memphis, Ark., partnered with local organizations to provide holiday gifts and food for area children and senior citizens. Two company locations in Mexico also received donations to distribute to charities that benefit local children.