Register RoundUp Campaign Garners $88,000 for Professional Drivers in Need
TravelCenters of America thanks guests for overwhelming generosity
TravelCenters of America is recognizing its guests across the country for generously raising $88,000 for the St. Christopher’s Trucker Relief Fund, an organization which supports professional drivers and their families when an illness or injury has caused them to be out of work. Guests at TA, Petro and TA Express travel centers donated the funds during the company’s “Be a Champion of Change” register roundup Campaign, held Sept. 16 through Nov. 30, by rounding up the dollar amount on purchases at points of sale in the stores, restaurants and fuel buildings.
“We’re grateful for the millions of professional drivers who continue going to work during the pandemic to ensure crucial medical supplies are delivered and store shelves are stocked,” said Barry Richards, president of TA. “Our guests across America are aware of the immense sacrifice displayed too, as evidenced by the overwhelmingly positive response we received. We were pleased to host this campaign and on behalf of our more than 19,000 team members, I thank all our guests for their incredible generosity.”
“We are so grateful for the public’s support of our nation’s Highway Heroes. Truck drivers have always gone above and beyond; serving the country during the pandemic has been no exception. We feel blessed to be in a position to help them when they need it. We couldn’t do that without donations from the public, and companies like TravelCenters of America. Thank you to everyone that helped make this campaign a success,” said Dr. Donna Kennedy, executive director of SCF.
In addition to helping professional drivers, the “Be a Champion of Change” campaign also helped address the nationwide coin shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. TA has been a proud supporter of SCF since 2010, raising nearly $3 million to date.
The 2020 campaign features professional driver Howard Salmon and his son, Liam. Liam is four years old and was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January. Liam is a happy and sweet boy who loves to fish, play with LEGOs, tractors and trucks. He also enjoys helping his dad work on his big rig (see pictures below). With assistance from SCF, Howard was able to come off the road to spend time with and take care of his son. Liam is still fighting after 30 radiation treatments, countless blood draws, chemotherapy and more.
“He is an everyday blessing in my life,” Howard said. “Being home with him when I got home from the road was like father’s day all over again. What we’re doing with SCF is helping the next family, not just the next individual, but the entire family.”
Stories like Howard and Liam’s are why we support SCF.