This is the giving time of year, and that's especially true for the trucking industry.
Trucking Moves America Forward, an industry-wide education and image movement, collected some examples of trucking's generosity, highlighting how tcompanies and organizations went above and beyond throughout the end of 2023.
“The trucking industry's role extends far beyond the highways, delivering essential goods and connecting communities during the holiday season and year-round,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and Vice President of Government Affairs and Sales at MTS. “From heartwarming donations to dedicated volunteer hours, truck drivers and their organizations embody the true spirit of giving, demonstrating that their commitment to service extends beyond the job at hand.”
Below are stories of how trucking companies and organizations have given back to their communities this holiday season.
Pictured above: ATG employees and their Haulin’ 4 Hunger team, pictured above, delivering fresh holiday meals
Advantage Truck Group (ATG), based in Shrewsbury, MA, delivered 4,200 fresh holiday meals in December through their annual Haulin’ 4 Hunger initiative, which provided meals to seven food pantry organizations in Central Massachusetts. Since 2012, Haulin’ 4 Hunger has provided over 34,000 meals to food pantry organizations across three states.
Pictured above: AMX employees (R to L) James Pinson, Daniel Adams, Krystal Walker, Matt Smith, and Emily Faught with baby Brooks Willis
AMX Trucking, based in Savannah, GA, organized and hosted an Operation Secret Santa Delivery to assist employees with small children, including both drivers and non-drivers, who are facing financial challenges due to the tough economy. Donations of toys and monetary assistance were wrapped and then Santa delivered the gifts to their homes.
Pictured above: Baylor employees helping to educate middle school students on the importance of WAA. Also pictured are Baylor employees during the wreath donations.
Baylor Trucking, based in Milan, IN, contributed to YES Home, a local residential group home for abused, neglected, and abandoned children, to help make their holidays merrier. They also continued their 16-year commitment to Wreaths Across America (WAA) by engaging local middle school students to help build the wreaths and teach them about the importance of the wreaths and WWA’s efforts. Baylor Trucking supported and helped deliver three truckloads of wreaths to cemeteries in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Pictured above: Members of the Conversion Interactive Agency team load up canned goods to drop off at a donation site for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. (L-R) Coral Tiano, Meredith Thompson, Kailey Firestone, Megan Davis, Brian Fingerhut, Josh Villarreal, Kelly Jensen, and Kyle Raney
Conversion Interactive Agency, based in Brentwood, TN, organized its annual canned food drive benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Conversion employees collectively donated and transported 588 food items to benefit families in need across Nashville and the surrounding areas.
Pictured above: Excargo Services employees gathered for the holiday season.
Excargo, based in Houston, TX, donated to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program and provided gifts for 20 children in need this holiday season. The company also held a food drive to support the Houston Food Bank and established the Excargo Cares Committee, which is dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities they serve.
Pictured above: Jerr-Dan Baltimore Show Survivor Fund donation
Jerr-Dan, based in Hagerstown, MD, donated $20,000 to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum’s Survivor Fund, which supports towing and recovery professionals and their families during challenging times.
Pictured above: The team of NADA students celebrate donating most pairs of socks
During the fall season, the National Automobile Dealers Association Academy students, based in Arlington, VA, donated 21,158 pairs of socks during the annual Sock-tober initiative to support local homeless shelters in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Pictured above: SH 130 employees with toys donated to sheriff and police departments.
SH 130 Concession Company, based in Central Texas, hosted a toy drive and provided over 250 toys to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department’s Brown Santa and the San Antonio Police Department’s Blue Santa in collaboration with the San Antonio Transportation Association. The company also donated wreaths to the Texas Trucking Association’s Wreaths Across America drive to honor fallen veterans.
Pictured above: Williams Dedicated families volunteering at the Stuff-A-Sleigh event
Williams Dedicated, based in Michigan City, IN, partnered with the Salvation Army of Michigan City for the sixth year. Employees helped stuff over 800 bags for the Salvation Army’s annual Stuff-A-Sleigh event to benefit its food pantry, as well as supported the event day-of with volunteers, as well as trucks, and trailers, with their trucks serving as the “sleigh.” The company also functioned as a donation site for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program and employees donated toys and volunteered at the Toy Shop event, where local families in need come to select gifts for their children.