North Carolina Truckers Raise $10K for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital: ‘A Blessing’

by Jennifer Shea
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North Carolina truckers got together and raised $10,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. They donated 100 percent of the proceeds from their second annual Carolina Mountain Truckers show to the research hospital catering to patients facing childhood diseases like cancer.

The Carolina Mountain Truckers “Shining for St. Jude” Truck Show took place this past Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Poplar Community Center in Green Mountain, North Carolina, local news station WLOS reports. About 51 trucks drove up for the event.

Word must have really gotten out since the inaugural event in 2019, at which the truckers raised $2,500. With over $10,000 raised this year, the truck show participants can take pride in the significant leap in their fundraising prowess.

North Carolina Event Raised Big Money for St. Jude’s

St. Jude’s works to develop cures and prevention strategies for pediatric diseases including cancer. No child is denied treatment based on their family’s ability or inability to pay.

In a statement posted to Facebook, the event organizers thanked everyone involved for their efforts to help children battling such diseases.

“We want to thank everyone for coming out to our truck show to help raise money for St Jude Children’s hospital!” they wrote. “It is because of you that we are able to do this!”

They added, “To all the local businesses that donated so much stuff to raffle off, to the vendors that came out and sold stuff to give their money to St Judes, to Alan Huskins for coming down and staying up all night to cook BBQ for FREE and also helping with everything else, to our TRUCK DRIVERS that spend all week working and still take the time to take pride in their rides and have everything looking great, to our local Volunteer Fire Departments that sent their equipment for us to use, to our music bands that came and played for free and also gave big donations, to all the staff that works long hard hours to make this happen, NOTHING goes unnoticed! We want to thank each and every one of you!”

The North Carolina truckers concluded by noting how much they’d raised for St. Jude’s. “That is a blessing and I know those kids and families appreciate it! We can not wait till next year!” they said.

Second Annual Truck Show In Honor of Megan Denise Vess

The show on Saturday was in honor of Megan Denise Vess, a childhood leukemia patient at St. Jude’s who spoke at the first annual truck show about all that St. Jude’s had done for her and her family. She died on May 16, 2020 at age 18.

Saturday’s event featured a donated barbeque lunch. There were also inflatables and stands offering children’s clothes, custom tumblers, Carolina Mountain Truckers shirts, jewelry and truck accessories.

North Carolina businesses and businesses located in Tennessee donated items to be raffled off. Local volunteer fire departments lent equipment to the event. And there was live music throughout the day.

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