AUSTIN, TEXAS—Relay Payments is supporting Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit for fallen military veterans, for the second consecutive year. The company is donating $5,000 worth of diesel fuel to offset costs for owner-operators participating in the organization's Honor Fleet, made of hundreds of professional drivers and carriers who volunteer their time and trucks to deliver wreaths to honor America's fallen veterans. Relay is also contributing an additional $20,000 in fuel discounts for the organization's thank-you gift bags for Honor Fleet drivers.
"We are forever grateful to our country's veterans and their families who have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom," said Relay co-founder and CEO Ryan Droege. "It's an honor and a privilege to support drivers of the Honor Fleet as they contribute their own time and equipment to distribute wreaths across the country."
In 2022, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers placed more than 2.7 million veterans' wreaths on the headstones of service members at 3,702 participating locations. This was accomplished with the support of more than 5,000 sponsorship groups, corporate contributions, and in-kind donations from the transportation industry. This year's wreath-laying ceremonies are projected to be the organization's largest effort to date.
"This year, our transportation partners will assist us in delivering close to three million sponsored veterans' wreaths to be placed on the headstones of our fallen heroes all over the country on Dec. 16," said Courtney George, manager of transportation and industry relations at Wreaths Across America. "We're grateful to Relay for their support of our Honor Fleet drivers, who are giving back in recognition of the sacrifice our veterans make everyday."