MATS Report: Trucker Buddy needs some new friends

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Trucker Buddy pen pal program that connects professional drivers with elementary school students is in need of help.


The charitable organization announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show that it’s in desperate need of sponsors, since the faltering economy has taken its toll on donations and sponsorship packages.


“Many of our traditional corporate sponsors are having difficulties and cannot be as generous as they were in the past,” the group said at the show.


Trucker Buddy has been around for 17 years, and in that time has informed more than a million children about the important role trucking plays in their daily lives, the organization claims. In 2009 alone, about 55,000 students in 2,755 classrooms were reached through the program.


More than 10,000 professional drivers have taken part in the program, including representatives from nearly every province.


“If Trucker Buddy is to survive, it needs your help,” the group appealed. Trucker Buddy is urging drivers to join as individual members and companies to sign up for corporate memberships. It’s also urging Trucker Buddies to organize membership drives in their area.


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