DDC FPO recently teamed up with Truckers Emergency Assistance Responders (TEAR) to help provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to truck drivers moving in and out of hot zones to perform essential work.
Pioneered by trailblazing trucker Desiree Wood, TEAR built and deployed a comprehensive network of corporate sponsors and volunteers to source, assemble and distribute PPE kits to truck drivers on the front lines.
“The drivers are so appreciative,” Wood said. “They spend all day by themselves, and aren’t used to receiving anything for free, let alone being recognized. They are thrilled to receive the kits.”
Wood explained that because different states have different regulations, having the right PPE is critical. “There are over 3 million drivers out there,” she said. “While we are only a drop in the bucket, every little bit helps.”
According to Marissa Crotty, DDC FPO’s chief operating officer and president, the company was seeking the most effective and quick way to help drivers stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. When they reached out to clients for insight into what would have the biggest impact, the responses were unanimous.
“Our clients reported that what the drivers need most is PPE,” Crotty said. “So we were determined to find a way to do that.”
After having conversations with several potential partners—from world-renowned distilleries to mask production companies and other nonprofit organizations—DDC found TEAR. “What Desiree has done is remarkable,” Crotty said. “She inspires us, and we are thrilled to be able to help her in this effort. This partnership is an honor for us.”
Each PPE kit includes masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, antiseptic wipes and snacks. The delivery process is well-coordinated and intentionally targets specific truck stops and rest areas to provide kits to as many drivers as possible nationwide.
“I’'s huge having DDC’s support,” Wood said. “We simply don’t have the funding to make these kits, let alone to purchase the gas to drive the 120 miles a day to hand them out or even to cover the fee to print the Thank You notes.”
Stuckey’s, which is providing the snacks for the PPE kits, wanted to do its part to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic, so CEO Stephanie Stuckey researched organizations that are providing trucker relief and connected with TEAR.
“We love partnering with an organization founded by truckers that’s working for truckers,” Stuckey said. “I admire and respect these drivers and know how important they are to our supply chain, which is under strain like never before.”
To support TEAR and help provide PPE kits to truck drivers, go to cdltear.org/donate to donate now or cdltear.org/contact to request more information.