Truckers are an integral part of the US and global economy, responsible for moving 70% of all cargo in the United States and providing essential services to 80% of American communities. Trucker Charity is a truck-driven charity that helps the trucking community in a variety of ways, from providing emergency housing and food to truck drivers who are stranded, to managing a centralized food bank in Illinois. They also offer educational services, such as life guidance and mentoring, as well as assistance in creating living wills and other important legal documents. Truckers Final Mile is another organization that helps reunite pets with their owners and provides support to the families of deceased truck drivers.
Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) is an industry-wide education and image movement that has highlighted the unique ways in which the trucking industry has continued to give back to its communities during the holiday season. Garner Trucking is one example of a trucking company that has donated a trailer to a local food drive, donated coats collected by employees for members of the local community, and held a fundraiser benefiting Wreaths Across America. Jeremy Reymer recently met with Lori Furnell, President of Truck Drivers USA, to discuss the power of building community in the trucking industry. They discussed how truck drivers are essential to the economy and how there is an urgent need for new drivers in the near future.
As new shipping methods evolve and new technologies, such as driver-assistance and renewable energy, continue to develop, trucking remains a mainstay of the US and global economy. Truck drivers provide us with all the products and services that everyone uses. Without them, many of our lives would be affected. The electricity would go out in our homes. Hospitals would run out of supplies.
Our local grocery store shelves would empty. Gas stations would run out of fuel. In addition, there would be massive amounts of job losses. It is clear that truck drivers play an important role in our society and economy. They are essential workers who deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication.
Organizations like Trucker Charity, Truckers Final Mile, Trucking Moves America Forward, and Garner Trucking are just some examples of how truckers are giving back to their communities.