Truckers deliver holiday cheer to their communities

CFI employees do holiday shopping for local children and elderly in need.CFI employees do holiday shopping for local children and elderly in need.

Truckers are delivering the holidays in more ways than one. Not only are they hard at work delivering freight, but truckers and their companies make yearly donations and help out different charities in honor of the Christmas holiday.

CFI, a large fleet headquartered in Joplin, Missouri, donated to 23 charities in eight cities through its “Truckload of Treasures” program. The company raised $54,000, with all of the funds contributed by nearly 3,500 employees and independent contractors.

The campaign supported 14 charities in Joplin, with checks for $4,500 going to the area’s “Shop with a Cop” efforts, $1,500 each to Joplin Early Childhood Bright Futures, Layfette House and Community Clinic of Joplin. Donations were also made to charities in other cities where CFI employees live and work.

Other trucking organizations in other states are also helping their local communities during the holidays:

    • Transervice Logistics purchased toys to give to its employees children. The company wrapped and distributed more than 1,200 toys to over 120 locations.
    • The Allen Lund Company, a third party logistics company, served over 750 families at Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Los Angeles. It also restocked two food banks for Catholic Charities.
    • Celadon Trucking and Celadon Logistics participated in an annual toy drive in Indianapolis. It provided drivers and trucks to help collect and deliver the toys.
    • DriverFacts members worked with groups in Anaheim, California, to give toys and food to families in need and  raise money for community programs.
    • Garner Trucking participated in a holiday charity walk and coat drive.
    • Employees at K. Porter Construction, Inc. donated toys to Toys For Dots. They collected and gave donations for a local food shelter.
    • Minnesota Trucking Association has hosted a Trucks and Toys program for over 20 years. They distribute toys to children in need through Minnesota.
    • Kottke Trucking raised over $10,000 worth of toys for a Trucks and Toys campaign. That is more than double what they collected last year.
    • Penske helped deliver presents to military spouses and their families for the Support Military Spouses program.