We would be remiss if we did not mention the disaster that recently racked the Philippines. We know you are probably aware of the colossal typhoon that slammed into the country on Nov. 8, 2013. As of Nov., 14th, the death toll is 4,460. Experts estimate that there are at least 660,000 homeless. Television and the Internet have been saturated with stories of horror and heroism.
We needed only to look as far as the online source “Transport Topics,” to discover some November trucking heroes who were involved in donations to aid survivors. Michele Fuetsch, staff reporter, wrote about the freight-haulers who are assisting the distressed areas. “Freight haulers are pledging aid, both cash and logistics help, to relief efforts in the Philippines.”
Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses
It has been a while since we have elected anyone to our blog honorary awards Hall of Fame. This November, we honor and thank any members of the trucking industry who have contributed to the worthy cause of the world’s assistance in the Phillipines.
We extend you our official “Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses” award! (As you probably know, this award is just a quiet, online thank you without trophies or material goods.)
We know that even the smallest contribution is much appreciated by the struggling country. USA CDL Driving School applauds every individual who has donated aid. We send out a big air horn blast of gratitude to UPS for pledging 1 million dollars worth of “cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise.” Sometimes companies back off after the immediate crisis, but UPS has committed “to provide urgent relief as well as strategic support for the long-term needs.”
We also send a shout-out to Norfolk Southern for sending its 50,000 dollars worth of donations to the American Red Cross.
Deutsche Post DHL is sending some members of its specialized “disaster response team” to assist with “on-the-ground airport logistics by setting up a warehouse to help sort and transport relief goods.” These heroes are going directly into the regional Mactan Cebu Airport on Cebu Island near Leyte Island. This is the area hardest hit by the monster storm.
Just because we spotlight the freight-haulers who have come to the aid of the Philippines, we do not mean to mitigate the generosity of other companies. Just to name a few who have generously donated, we mention: PepsiCo, Walt Disney Company, Samsung and the famous Macy’s Department Store sent their donations the distressed people of the Philippines.
Indeed, there are too many heroes and helpers to list here, by name, company or country. We also know more and more companies are deploying dollars and delivering man power to this worthy cause. The Red Cross effort began with six million dollars. We have a feeling many of you have discovered you can make a donation through a button on Facebook, as well as through standard avenues. To See an extensive list of organizations who deserve our praise, check this news source.
As America anticipates the Thanksgiving Holiday, there could be no better time to share our good wishes to friends and families in the trucking industry and beyond. From all of us at USA CDL Trucking, to all of you, out “there,” we send warm Fall Greetings of the Thanksgiving Season:
A Thanksgiving Thought For You, From USA CDL Driving School:
For hearts that are kindly, with virtue and peace,
and not seeking blindly a hoard to increase;
for those who are grieving o’er life’s sordid plan;
for souls still believing in heaven and man;
for homes that are lowly with love at the board; for things that are holy, I thank thee, O Lord! ~ Written By Walt Mason