The first holiday season after losing a parent is never easy, but Truckers Final Mile wants to do what it can to help. The charity’s Sleigh Bells and Santa program raises funds to help families and children who lost a trucker-driving parent this year.
Robert Palm, the charity’s founder, says he know his organization can’t replace mom or dad for the families, but they want to help however they can. Currently, 10 children have been signed up for this year’s program. Palm currently has a fundraising goal of between $5,000 and 10,000, which is being collected through the program’s GoFundMe page.
“The main purpose of this is to help those children that have lost a mom or dad CDL parent out on the road and to help endure that first Christmas without them a little easier. It feels good to let them know their extended trucking family still cares and is concerned,” Palm said.
The money goes to the children to put toward things they may need or want, like notepads or video games. Last year, 18 children participated in the program and Truckers Final Mile was able to raise around $1,100. Truckers Final Mile will announce the benefit grants Dec. 21.