Truck drivers do great things on a daily basis that most people never hear about. On the outside, many truckers may be big and burly, but any truck driver who listens to “Teddy Bear” by Red Sovine is obviously tenderhearted. Today, many programs are in place that cater to truckers who aren’t afraid to show their softer side.
In 1992, a professional truck driver named Gary King sought permission from an elementary school in Wisconsin to become pen pals with students. A fourth grade teacher quickly got on board, and the correspondence began. As other drivers saw King composing his postcards and short letters – in which he answered the students’ questions and detailed the sights he saw – they wanted to get involved too.
That’s how Trucker Buddy formally began in 1993. Today, the program has over 2,500 driver-teacher matches and 60,000 student pen pals. Trucker Buddy enriches the lives of school children and drivers alike, establishing relationships that often stand the test of time.
God’s Connection Transition
A Waste Management truck driver named Arnold Harvey noticed families sleeping on the streets near a shelter in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Instead of ignoring them, he looked into providing coats, blankets and food for these people. His efforts led to the founding of God’s Connection Transition, a nonprofit that provides donated food to 5,000 families per month.
Trucks for Change Network
Truck drivers and carriers across Canada can become members of the Trucks for Change Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the communities it serves. The network makes it easy and cost-effective for carriers to help local charities. It posts service requests from charities online where members can offer to donate or request a rate for providing the services. The partnership fosters cost savings and convenience for charities, while giving trucking companies an avenue for making a difference in their community.
Operation Roger … Truckers Pet Transport
A rag-tag team of about 30 pet-loving truck drivers volunteers their cabs to transport rescued pets to their final destinations in an initiative called Operation Roger … Truckers Pet Transport. When the organization receives a request for a pet transport, they do everything possible to match the pet’s starting and ending destinations with a driver traveling along a similar route. Operation Roger is run purely by volunteer staff; the more drivers who join the project, the more successful it will become.
Big Iron Classic
The purpose of this “working class” truck show is to show off big rigs, review new trucking technology, enjoy the truck pull and collect toys for charity. The Big Iron Classic is held the first weekend after Labor Day and attracts thousands of truck drivers and truck lovers who also want to give to a good cause.
You know, those big, burly truck drivers have a soft spot in their hearts for those in need, and their generosity shows every day.