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Five good things that happened in trucking this week—Oct. 15

Oct. 15, 2021
Sneak peek: U.S. Xpress helps fight pediatric cancer, Hogan Truck Leasing reaches $1 million mark in support of MS, National Van Lines presents $5,000 scholarship at IAM2021, and more.

Karma. Positive manifestations. Good “vibes.” These are all concepts that present the idea that what energy you put out into the world will come back to you. Trucking has proven its overwhelmingly positive energy week after week, always doing more than what’s expected. Its rewards continue to come back in droves. Here are five good things that happened in trucking this week.

U.S. Xpress helps fight pediatric cancer 

U.S. Xpress is launching its Austin Hatcher Foundation truck to help erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life, from diagnosis through survivorship. In addition to the truck, U.S. Xpress is matching up to $50,000 in employee donations to the Austin Hatcher Foundation. 

The foundation, named after 9-week-old Austin Hatcher Osborn, who passed away from an extremely rare and untreatable cancer, provides services to children with cancer as well as their families through its four major divisions: industrial arts therapy, diversionary therapy, psycho-oncology, and healthy lifestyle education. 

Check out the foundation’s website for more information and how to get involved.

Hogan Truck Leasing reaches $1M mark in support of MS

Hogan Truck Leasing and its biking team has reached the $1 million mark for funds raised over the past 15 years for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Currently, the team stands in first place for funds raised at more than $91,000 with over 100 riders in this year's event. 

To celebrate this accomplishment, Hogan, a NationaLease member, will host a 2021 MS Post Ride Party and Awards Banquet next week at their home office in St. Louis.

C.H. Robinson announces Carrier of the Year Award winners 

C.H. Robinson revealed the 17 carriers who were named winners of the 2021 C.H. Robinson Carrier of the Year Award. The winners were selected based on their ability to consistently deliver on time and in full for customers, their adoption of carrier technology to drive efficiencies for themselves and shippers, and their effort to go above and beyond to successfully support shippers’ needs.

The company's appreciation initiative, which has given away $100,000 to drivers, encourages people across the nation to write digital thank you notes to truck drivers who help keep the world moving, even during a pandemic. In honor of this year’s recipients, the C.H. Robinson Foundation is increasing its previous donation amount of $1 per thank-you message to $17 per thank-you message sent via ThankTruckDrivers.com through the end of October. The donation, of up to $25,000, will go to St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund.

“This year, more than ever, has underscored the significant role these outstanding carriers play in keeping the world moving,” said Mac Pinkerton, president of North American Surface Transportation at C.H. Robinson. “From delivering life-saving medical supplies, to bringing goods to our homes when much of the workforce went remote, to helping us execute against shipper’s evolving needs amid a volatile market, carriers have and will continue to play a critical role in supply chains.

Click here for the full list of winners.

National Van Lines presents $5K scholarship at IAM2021

National Van Lines International EVP Susan Staszewski and Sr. Commercial Coordinator Kristin Louapre presented a $5,000 check in support of the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund (AFWSF) while at the 2021 International Association of Movers (IAM) Meeting and Expo.

The AFWSF is the cornerstone of the International Association of Movers’ scholastic assistance initiative. Named for distinguished Association founder and General Counsel Emeritus Alan F. Wohlstetter, the fund benefits the employees of IAM member companies and their dependents, as well as students.

Since its launch in 2002, the AFW Scholarship Fund has awarded more than 80 scholarships.

Five Good Things takes home 2021 Eddie Award 

On Thursday, Oct. 15, Five Good Things was named the winner of the B2B: Column/Blog Overall at the 2021 Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards. 

The Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards are given to pieces of work that demonstrate excellence in editorial content and design across print and digital media. It is an honor to be this year’s recipient for the B2B: Column/Blog category. 

Five Good Things started as a beacon of light in a very dark tunnel at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as audience members were exhausted from the constant bad news, craving something good. As we near year two with COVID ever present in our lives, it’s my pleasure to continue shining that light.

A huge thank you goes to the trucking companies out there who continue to go above and beyond to help others in their communities. Without them and their good deeds, this blog wouldn’t exist. 

Have you seen good things happening in the trucking industry? Let me know by email or on Twitter with #FiveGoodThings.

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