JOPLIN, Mo. —
About 300 employees of Con-way Truckload, family members and friends went on a shopping spree at Target Tuesday night using $50,000 the company raised for its 20th annual Truckloads of Treasures campaign.
Katlin Owens, spokesperson for the company, said they purchased gifts for about 300 children and senior citizens, as well as other gifts that were given to the Salvation Army in Joplin to be distributed as needed.
A Con-way tractor-trailer was even present at the store to help with the deliveries to the Salvation Army.
“We are so excited to be a part of something bigger than ourselves,” Owens said Wednesday, after the shopping spree. “It’s one of our favorite events of the year.”
Some of the money raised also was donated to area charities. This year, Boys & Girls Club, The Area Agency on Aging, Pro Musica, Children’s Haven, Art Feeds, Camp Quality and Ronald McDonald House each received $1,500.
To raise the money for the holiday campaign, Con-Way management and employees donated a number of prizes that are raffled off with tickets sold for anywhere from $1 to $10, Owens said. Prizes this year included one and two weeks off with pay; Amazon, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Best Buy gift cards in amounts ranging from $200 to $350; a bag of cash; a Kindle Fire; and a driver-made wooden toy truck.
Since 1993, Truckloads of Treasures has presented more than $612,000 in employee-raised donations to local organizations, according to the company.
In addition to the Joplin shopping spree, each of the company’s other terminal locations in West Memphis, Ark.; Taylor, Mich.; and Lancaster and Laredo, Texas, joined with local organizations to provide holiday gifts and food for area children and senior citizens.
Formerly Contract Freighters Inc. (CFI), Con-Way Truckload is subsidiary of Con-way Inc. Con-way Truckload employs more than 3,000 drivers with a fleet of more than 2,700 tractors and 8,000 trailers operating throughout the United States as well as in Mexico and Canada.