TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, launched its annual campaign Aug. 1, 2016, in support of the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that helps truck drivers suffering from financial hardship due to medical problems. The month-long campaign will run at participating TA and Petro locations through August 31.
During the event, guests and employees at TA and Petro Stopping Centers will be invited to make donations. As in past years, those making $1 donations will receive a commemorative wristband, and those making $5 donations will receive an SCF keychain. Donations may be made at participating TA and Petro restaurants, travel stores, fuel buildings and truck service facilities. One hundred percent of all donations will go to SCF.
“It’s always a great feeling helping SCF raise money for truck drivers in need. We look forward to this campaign each year,” said Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters. “Seeing how our customers come together to help their fellow drivers in need is an amazing example of why we’ve all come to love and respect the truck driving community. Our team is proud to play a role in making that happen and telling others about it.”
TravelCenters has been supporting drivers through the SCF since 2010. The TA and Petro annual campaign contribution marks the largest single donation the fund receives each year. As of July 2016, the SCF has helped more than 1,550 truck drivers and their families with monthly bills, including utilities and mortgages.
“Many believe that seven is a lucky number. We certainly feel lucky to have TA’s support with seven years of Band Together. We cannot thank the donors and TA and Petro employees enough for all they do to make this campaign so successful. We are truly grateful,” said Dr. Donna Kennedy, executive director of SCF.
Professional drivers who are suffering from financial hardships due to medical problems can apply to the SCF for assistance at www.truckersfund.org.