Second Truckers for Troops telethon hits the airwaves
OOIDA vows to outdo previous efforts with Truckers for Troops Telethon 2008

Truckers are once again helping Santa during the holiday season with a special gift to those who serve our country. OOIDA will conduct its second membership radio “telethon” Dec. 8-12. Ten percent of the membership fees collected during the telethon will be matched by the Association to pay for care packages to be sent to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

The telethon will broadcast via Land Line Now, the Association’s radio show on XM Satellite Radio Channel 171 during its regularly scheduled daily broadcast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The evening show re-airs every morning at 6 a.m. Eastern.

During the membership drive, Association dues (new and renewals) will be discounted from their normal $45 to only $25 for an annual membership.

Last year, the Association’s goal was to raise $5,000 for care packages for troops overseas. The grand total, however, came to more than $43,000, including a dollar-for dollar match by OOIDA.

“Contributions continued to flow in for six months after the end of the telethon,” said OOIDA Membership Supervisor Sylvia Dodson. “We ended up sending 212 giant packages to troops overseas. Each package supplied 12 soldiers with special gift items from truckers on the home front. That’s more than 2,500 troops.”

OOIDA’s switchboard operators will be on hand at HQ in Grain Valley, MO, as usual beginning daily at 7:30 a.m. Central Time and will remain at their posts until 7:30 p.m. during the telethon.

When call volumes are heavy, Dodson said some callers may be directed to a special voicemail extension and asked to leave a detailed message. All calls will be returned as soon as possible.

After the telethon, OOIDA will arrange and coordinate shipping the care packages.

But that’s not all. Dodson said after the telethon is over, the membership drive will continue to discount dues for new and renewing members through Jan. 31, 2009. LL


– By Land Line staff