Springfield Truckers Deliver Christmas
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 1:56 PM
Springfield Truckers Deliver Christmas
We have all heard it, “If you got it, a truck brought it” but this holiday season, that cliché has a bit of Christmas cheer attached to it that most never see but many experience.
This Christmas, as in the past, Steelman Transportation, a locally owned, OTR flatbed trucking company, reached out to assist some of those less fortunate in our community. The generosity of the associates and the ownership did not disappoint, enough funds were raised to provide for a family of six and nine Skilled Care Residents, the largest group in the past 5 years for this 100 truck operation. Such amazing holiday generosity from one single company prompted a look to see who else in the Springfield, MO trucking community was helping out this season.
It did not take long to determine that within this so-called rough industry of trucking beats an incredibly large and generous heart. A single request for holiday efforts to the Springfield Area Motor Carrier Club brought in responses within minutes, efforts covering quite a spectrum and some asking for no recognition. Responses ranged from individual employees volunteering at their church fundraisers to companies sending gifts to our troops, adopting families, assisting with food donations, sponsoring toy drives and more. The following are just a few examples:
Prime, Inc. invested in Wreaths Across America again plus adopted over 100 residents is a skilled care facility this year, a program they have done for the last five years. They also collected for Toys for Tots on their main campus and worked with Cross Midwest Tire (Strafford) on a coat drive.
Transland was a sponsor for the Dallas County Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run, adopted a large family and assisted Crosslines in transporting hundreds of toys to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds for distribution to children living in Greene County.
Dayton Freight adopted two families, providing them with gifts, clothes and food this holiday season with the added bonus of Santa and Mrs. Claus delivering the goodies – a sleigh wouldn’t do, Santa had to use a semi to haul that load!
Jenkins Diesel collected dollars and items for Rare Breed while Tri-State donated collected funds to Crosslines.
Western Dairy Transport had perhaps the longest standing tradition. According to Benefits Manager Laura Mosca,
“Western Dairy Transport, WD Logistics, and Cabool Lease employees have a tradition of providing holiday support for kids in Foster Care in the Texas County area. More than a decade ago, we contacted the local Division of Family Services and offered to provide Christmas gifts for some kids in Foster care. We chose this group to support because we were aware that some Foster parents can't afford to provide many extras, like Christmas gifts, for all the kids placed in their homes… Through fund raisers and donations, our employees continue to provide some Christmas magic for around 20 kids each year… For those Foster families who need it, extra food is also sent along with the Christmas gifts, to help feed the kids during the long holiday break from school.”
This is only a small representation of the trucking community efforts made during the Christmas season in this area, there are many others and most every company that responded also participates in other charitable causes throughout the year such as Christenson Transportation’s work with BCFO, Transland’s work with the American Cancer Society and Steelman’s work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.
It is true that “if you got it, a truck brought it” and that includes Christmas joy this holiday season and many more to come.
Steelman Transportation is a Spfd, based OTR flatbed trucking company. They also have a Logistics Division
Photos courtesy of Prime, Transland, Steelman Transportation and Dayton Freight: