Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Trucker Buddy

Land Line gets visits from several truckers and OOIDA members each week.

This week, we were pleased to meet James Malone, an OOIDA Member and longtime trucker from Killeen, TX (pictured above with OOIDA's Nikki Johnson). James stopped by OOIDA headquarters on Monday on his way west on I-70 to Denver.

James toured the building, met Land Line staffers and sat down for an interview with Land Line Now’s Reed Black.

James has participated in Trucker Buddy – the nonprofit pen-pal program that connects elementary school classes and professional truck drivers – off and on since the early 1990s.

Though he took a few years off during the late 1990s, he started back up with the program in 2000, becoming more involved every year.

In addition to the 23 different Trucker Buddy classes he corresponds with, James is now a board member with the organization.

James has several Trucker Buddy classes in Waldron, AR, where his daughter Chaynee is a fourth grader. Besides Arkansas, James has classes in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Missouri.

With 23 different Trucker Buddy classes and a full-time job, I asked James how he finds time for everything.

“The thing that takes the most time is getting the postcards,” James told me.