TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, will launch its annual campaign on August 15, in support of the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF), a non-profit organization that helps truck drivers suffering financial hardship due to being out of work for an illness or injury. The month-long campaign will run at participating TA and Petro locations through September 30.
During the event, guests and employees at TA and Petro Stopping Centers will be invited to make contributions. New this year, commemorative 3”x 3” window clings will be made available for $1 along with the annual wristbands and SCF keychains for $1 and $5 respectively. Contributions may be made at participating TA and Petro restaurants, travel stores, fuel buildings and truck service facilities. One hundred percent of proceeds go directly to SCF.
“With driver health and wellness becoming a higher priority within the truck driving industry, we understand how important it is for drivers to have access to appropriate medical and financial support that will help get them safely back on the road,” said Barry Richards, President and COO of TravelCenters. “We are honored to continue our support with SCF this year and look forward to another successful Band Together campaign.”
TravelCenters has been supporting drivers through the SCF since 2010. The TA and Petro annual campaign marks the largest single contribution the Fund receives each year. As of July 2018, the SCF has helped more than 2,300 truck drivers and their families with monthly bills, including utilities and mortgages totaling up to $2.3 million.
“It’s hard to believe that Band Together is in its ninth year! The St. Christopher Fund has truly been blessed with the support of TA and Petro. This campaign not only supplies us with needed funding, but it also raises awareness of the organization. There have been a countless number of drivers helped directly as a result of Band Together. Once again, we thank all of TravelCenters employees and customers for their part in ‘Saving Lives and Families, One Driver at a Time’,” said Dr. Donna Kennedy, Executive Director of SCF.
Professional drivers who are suffering from financial hardships due to medical problems can apply to the SCF for assistance at www.truckersfund.org.