Patriotic Truckers Jump at the Chance to Help Those in Need
I don’t think it is an overstatement to say that my peers in the trucking industry are some of the most caring, compassionate and altruistic people this country has to offer. When the going gets tough and one of the brethren is in a tight spot, truckers naturally rally together, pool their resources and offer much needed aid and assistance, often without any prompting whatsoever.
And it isn’t just truckers looking out for their own. The trucking community will bend over backwards for the good of the nation whenever there is a dire need. I’ve understood this for many years, because I’ve lived it and seen it firsthand.
A couple recent events have only served to underscore this truism and also help to generate some much-needed publicity for truckers across this great land. Slowly but surely, the country is waking up to the fact that the trucking community is full of good-natured altruists, always ready to lend a helping hand and help those in need.
This autumn, as the destructive Hurricane Sandy was blasting the eastern seaboard with howling winds and stinging rains of an intensity seldom seen before, the truck drivers of the United States of America sprang into action. We understood quickly that the people of the northeast would be in need and that our services could aid in their short-term survival and long-term recovery.
The enormity of the collective hearts of the trucking community was shown to have no bounds as trailers were lent, and time was devoted to assisting those in Sandy’s destructive path.
Here are a few specific examples to illustrate my point:
Food and clothing was collected and transported to coastal communities in New Jersey by a husband and wife owner/operator outfit.
Before the storm could even touch ground, thousands of dry goods, cleaning supplies, blankets and batteries were en route to Amityville, New York courtesy of a Louisiana truck owner.
Renowned charity United Way of New Jersey reported that several companies had donated trucking services to transport supplies up and down the coastline.
A trucking company out of Kansas City, Missouri jumped at the chance to donate their service to haul a massive load of children’s toys that were distributed to Sandy’s victims in the days after the storm passed.
Only a couple months later, truckers were getting headlines again for their generous nature. This time it was in support of one of the trucking industry’s closest allies, the United States Armed Forces. As men and women who traverse the Heartland of America and rely on the safety and security of our nation’s transportation infrastructure, we truckers are enthusiastic supporters of the men and women who come from that Heartland and risk their lives and well-being so that the open roads can remain safe for passage.
So for those familiar with the trucking community it was no surprise that we were particularly enthusiastic and motivated to aid in the pre-Christmas “Wreaths Across America” movement. On December 15 trucking professionals from across the nation donated their manpower and equipment to distribute over 600,000 fresh remembrance wreaths on the graves of our fallen heroes at almost a thousand veterans cemeteries from coast to coast.
Hundreds of truckers were on hand as local organizers conducted wreath-laying ceremonies at each location, including the famed Arlington National Cemetery, where 34 truckloads of wreaths were transported by freedom-loving truckers to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
I hope you will keep these anecdotes in mind the next time someone questions the philanthropy and unselfishness of trucking professionals. For reasons that I can’t quite fathom, there are some circles that seem to be under the grotesque impression that truckers are averse to helping their fellow man out. Nothing could be further from the truth, and it was wonderful to see the above examples receive some positive publicity, so the rest of the nation could begin to learn what I already know:
Truckers are among the most generous, caring, patriotic folks in any walk of life.
Hank Barton is a second generation trucker-philosopher with a penchant for the written word. He enjoys blogging about long haul trucking, safe driving practices and life on the open road. He writes for E-Gears, an online CDL Test authority that specializes in a variety of study guides.
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