3rd Annual Haulin’ for the Holidays

 

Haulin’ for the Holidays is a state-wide initiative by the Tennessee Trucking Association and its Young Professionals Council. In partnership with 5 local nonprofits, we’re making the holidays brighter for Tennessee children, teens, and families. Please join us in making a difference this holiday season!

 

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Haulin’ for the Holidays finale: our live toy drive event on December 15th at Jackalope Brewing Company from 5:00-7:30 pm. Here we will announce which region raised the most money and toys for their non-profit! 

 

Youth Encouragement
Services Teens

Nashville, TN

YES operates two youth centers that offer educational and recreational programs as alternatives for kids 6-18 during after school hours and summer break. The YES Christmas Store will provide over 600 underprivileged children with new clothes and toys.

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Hands Up Jackson

Jackson, TN

Hands Up Jackson is a preschool serving low income 2.5 – 5 year olds. The toys and supplies will be used for the school and classrooms.

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FedExFamilyHouse

Memphis, TN

Mission:  Create a shopping venue for parents with a child being treated at Le Bonheur Children’s and staying at FedExFamilyHouse leading up to Christmas Day.

 

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Mission of Hope

Knoxville, TN

Since 1996, the Mission of Hope has ministered to the people of various counties in Kentucky and Tennessee from which 80% of the region’s residents no longer have jobs in the coal mining industry.

Many of the people we assist are caught in the pockets of poverty and as a result have lost all hope for their future. With your help and with God’s love we can help bring new hope to many.

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Chambliss Center for Children

Chattanooga, TN

The purpose of the Chambliss Center for Children is to preserve family unity and to help prevent the dependency, neglect, abuse and delinquency of children by responding to the community’s childcare needs.

 

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That’s A Wrap

2nd Annual HAULIN’ FOR THE HOLIDAYS toy drive

 

The Young Professional Council did an amazing job with our 2nd Annual Haulin’ for the Holidays toy drive! It was a huge success! We were able to raise over $12,500 in toy donations just through Amazon wish list orders, not including toy drop-offs. That is amazing! Thank you to all of our members for supporting our Tennessee Charites, as well as a special thanks to Reliance Partners, LLC, Covenant Transport, Inc., Ozark Motor Lines, Inc., and Adams and Reese LLP for going above and beyond with their support. 

Haulin’ for the Holidays is a state-wide initiative by the Tennessee Trucking Association and its Young Professional Council in partnership with local charities to make holidays brighter for Tennessee children, teens and families. It began last year when Troy Dickens, Rush Truck Center, had the idea and brought it to Patrick Mendenhall, Summit Truck Group, and Dave Huneryager, TTA. It was decided that we would do it and the Young Professional Council would spearhead the donations.

A special thanks to Jessie Merritt, Reliance Partners, LLC, Andrea Hall, Rush Truck Center, Patrick Mendenhall, Summit Truck Group, and Sarah Heffington, M & W Transportation Co., Inc., for all their hard work in getting the toy drive organized this year. 

 

To see pictures from this year’s Haulin’ for the Holidays toy drop-offs, click here.
 

NASHVILLE/MIDDLE TN

Youth Encouragement Services

YES operates two youth centers that offer educational and recreational programs as alternatives
for kids 6-18 during after school hours and summer break. The YES Christmas Store will provide over 600 underprivileged children with new clothes and toys.

A Special Thanks to: Rush Truck Center, Neely Coble, and Cumberland Companies

 

MEMPHIS, TN

FedExFamilyHouse Santa’s Village

Mission:  Create a shopping venue for parents with a child being treated at Le Bonheur Children’s and staying at FedExFamilyHouse leading up to Christmas Day.

How it works: Toys and gifts  are provided for the entire family. Several generous groups and individuals provide new toys and gifts for all ages. Then we transform the FedExFamilyHouse conference room into a boutique for shopping, including holiday music and snacks. The family schedules time to shop accompanied by a volunteer or staff member who helps the family make selections.  We expect to serve more than 100 families over nine days.

A Special Thanks to: Rush Truck Center

 

Chattanooga, TN

Chambliss Center for Children

The purpose of the Chambliss Center for Children is to preserve family unity and to help prevent the dependency, neglect, abuse and delinquency of children by responding to the community’s childcare needs.

A Special Thanks to: MHC Kenworth

 

Jackson, TN

Hands Up Jackson

Hands Up Jackson is a preschool serving low income 2.5 – 5 year olds. The toys and supplies will be used for the school and classrooms.

A Special Thanks to: MHC Kenworth

 

KNOXVILLE, TN

Marines Toys for Tots

 The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.

A Special Thanks to: The Peterbilt Store, Skyline Transportation, Inc., and Thermo King of Knoxville

In conjunction with the above companies, we would like to thank the below East TN Towing Companies for helping make this event possible:

  • Dan’s Advantage Towing
  • Chestnut Street Towing and Transport
  • Stooksbury’s Towing from Sevierville – donated a rollback full of bicycles
  • Candido’s Towing and Repair – Somerset, KY
  • Clinton Highway Towing
  • Friendly City Auto Care and Towing – Athens, TN
  • A-Tow Towing and Recovery – Oak Ridge, TN
  • Floyd’s Wrecker Service
  • Anderson’s Automotive and Towing
  • Fountain City Towing

We were even pleasantly surprised that two women from North Carolina drove over and dropped off several boxes of toys.  We are very thankful that they heard about the toy drive all the way from North Carolina and graciously helped out our amazing cause! Thank you to Clayton Homes, as well, for their generous donations. 

Lastly, thank you to Josh from Dan’s Towing who put together gift bags for the donators that included specially-designed stickers commemorating the event.