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Trucking firm makes special Christmas Eve delivery

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. -- An East Coast trucking company made a special delivery over the holidays, delive...

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — An East Coast trucking company made a special delivery over the holidays, delivering a teenaged ballet student from Ontario to her family in P.E.I.


According to a story by the CBC, 14-year-old Tabita van der Geer was attending the Quinte Ballet School of Canada in Belleville, Ont. where it looked like she’d have to spend Christmas. Given the high cost of tuition, van der Geer’s family was unable to afford a ticket home, according to the CBC story.


That’s when her father decided to call on the trucking industry for help. He called his former employer, Seafood Express to see if they had a truck headed home from Ontario.


Driver Doris Potthast just happened to be headed east and swung by Belleville to pick up the ballet dancer and, despite some bad weather en-route, was able to deliver her home on Christmas Eve.


“I was always afraid that we couldn’t make it and had to stop and, yeah, probably celebrate Christmas Eve on the road,” Potthast told the CBC. “But we finally made it.”


The teenager is planning on seeking a ride back to ballet school via truck in the new year.

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