On Wednesday April 28, 2011 I, along with my fellow group member Henry Albert, volunteered at OOIDA headquarters in Grain Valley, Mo. to assist in packing boxes as part of OOIDA’s “Truckers For Troops” program. Money had been collected during the recent Christmas season to purchase the items packaged for the troops. The boxes were being sent to soldiers whose names had been submitted by the employees of OOIDA, their friends and family members and also by soldiers themselves. Items included magazines, snacks, socks, sunscreen, toothbrushes, body powder and silly string (good for detecting trip wires), just to name a few. The first packing session took place in February 2011 (361 boxes packed) and the effort was completed on 4/27, 2011 (375 boxes packed). Henry was already at OOIDA to perform his duties as an alternate board member of the organization.
We had a great time packing the boxes and meeting the other folks who volunteered their time to accomplish the effort. After a break for lunch we finished up shortly thereafter. I then had the opportunity to tour OOIDA’s facilities and meet many of the wonderful people who work so hard supporting our country’s owner operators. They are some of the hardest working and nicest people I have ever met. If you are an owner operator and have not yet joined OOIDA, I strongly urge you to do so. Thanks OOIDA for all you do for our troops and owner operators!
For photos of the event please see our “Photos” page.
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