The logbook is a weekly recap of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: Schneider donates to American Red Cross to alleviate pandemic in India, ATA opens online store earlier for National Driver Appreciation Week products, and St. Christopher’s Fund holds first sale at art auction.
Schneider and American Red Cross provide aid for pandemic relief in India
After a record number of COVID cases and vaccine shortages, India continues to fight the possibility of a third wave with continued pandemic restrictions and an increase in vaccine orders.
This week, transportation and logistics provider Schneider National Inc. (NYSE: SNDR) announced an undisclosed donation to the American Red Cross to provide hospital and medical supplies to aid India in its fight against the pandemic.
The donation will help the Red Cross provide volunteers to distribute food and transport patients to medical facilities, provide masks and help disseminate information on good hygiene.
âSchneider is a longtime supporter of the American Red Cross,â said LuEllen Oskey, director of the Schneider Foundation, in the announcement. âThis donation will contribute to COVID-19 relief efforts with much needed medical supplies and resources during an extremely difficult time for India. “
The Schneider Foundation supports a number of nonprofit organizations around the world, donating millions to programs such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, United Way and the YMCA.
the foundation also provided funds to members of its national team who were affected by COVID-19 throughout 2020. It paid $ 1.3 million to employees who were unable to work remotely and $ 2.4 million dollars in claim costs related to health plan members who have been affected by the pandemic.
The Schneider Foundation was able to redirect $ 155,000 to support COVID relief through organizations such as the Salvation Army Metropolitan Division, the Indianapolis Public School System and Feeding America Northeast Wisconsin, which also received a 53 foot trailer to help transport fresh produce and other perishables.
ATA opens early online merchandise store for driver appreciation
Celebrated annually, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) aims to recognize the millions of professional truck drivers who remain vital to the U.S. economy.
While the week is scheduled for September 12-18, the American Trucking Associations announced this week that it will begin the celebration early with the opening of its NTDAW online merchandise store.
Businesses, families and friends can now visit the ATA website to purchase gifts for truck drivers or personal gifts to show their appreciation for the craft. The wide selection of items includes baseball caps, coolers, water bottles, dress socks, trailer hitches, shirts and more.
Individual businesses can also request to use the ATA NTDAW logo to be incorporated into their custom gear to directly celebrate their business drivers.
“For more than a year, truckers across the country have given hope to Americans from coast to coast to coast,” said Elisabeth Barna, executive vice president of industrial affairs at ATA, in the statement.
âFirst by providing most of the life during the height of the pandemic, then ultimately vaccines to fight the virus and now, helping to bring about the recovery of our country. They did so safely, showing grace, dedication and professionalism, and it is important that we appreciate them during NTDAW and throughout the year.
The ATA also announced this week that Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC will be back as a sponsor of its championship grand title for the Groupâs Virtual Truck Driving Championship, a variation of its in-person championship event that was postponed in due to restrictions linked to the pandemic.
Related article: ATA Announces Virtual Truck Driving Championship
âIt has been a difficult year and a half for our industry and our country, but we are grateful to have taken the road to recovery,â said Chris Spear, President and CEO of ATA. âWhile we look forward to getting together next year to declare a Bendix Grand Champion pilot in person, we are delighted that Bendix is ââsupporting this year’s virtual event, the National Battle of the States.
The merchandise for the virtual event is now available to buy also on the site of the association.
St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund holds first art auction
In an effort to help professional truck drivers in need, the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) has raised more than $ 3.3 million for programs related to driver health and other circumstances which tend to remove drivers from the route without warning.
The association has been able to help more than 3,000 drivers to cover the costs related to these circumstances and to continue supporting the group’s mission, SCF will organize its very first art auction.
Until July 26, SCF takes handmade art submissions of his followers, including items like woodwork, paintings, fabrics, quilts and jewelry. Artists are asked to send photos and descriptions of the pieces that will be auctioned off on the organization’s website on July 30.
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