Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Truckers deliver holiday joy

’Tis the season for giving.

Many groups within the trucking community are making that motto a reality.

The Elves and More of Northeast Ohio, as well as XPO
Logistics, helped provide nearly 1,600 bikes to children in the
Akron area this month. (Contributed photo)
The Truckers Christmas Group is dedicated to helping truckers give the gift of Christmas. As of Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 22, the group had generated almost $6,000 to help 12 trucking families have a better Christmas.

This is the seventh year of the Truckers Christmas Group fund drive to benefit trucking families in need. During the seven years, the group has helped 112 families with about $66,000 raised. Donations are still being accepted this year to at truckerchristmasgroup.org.

In Akron, Ohio, a nonprofit group called Elves and More of Northeast Ohio provided nearly 1,600 bikes to kids in need living in the Akron area.

For the 10th year in a row, the elves – in the form of 16 tractor-trailers and more than 100 volunteers – pulled into the neighborhoods this past weekend to surprise children with bicycles, tricycles and toddler gifts.

The annual bike delivery is supported by XPO Logistics, which provides logistical support, in-kind transportation and many volunteers.