JOPLIN, MO — December 21, 2018 — Employees of transportation company CFI, a subsidiary of TFI International Inc. (TSX: TFII, OTCQX: TFIFF), once again played the role of Santa Claus by supporting charities serving thousands of individuals in eight cities across the U.S., Mexico and Canada in their annual holiday giving campaign.
Now in its 25th year, the Truckload of Treasures campaign supported 17 charitable organizations across North America this December.
A longstanding tradition unique to CFI’s family-friendly, driver-focused culture, Truckloads of Treasures was established in 1993. The 2018 campaign raised over $46,000 entirely contributed by employees and independent contractors.
“This is one of the most inspiring events of the year for our company, our employees and the communities where we live and work,” said Greg Orr, President CFI. “Our employees embrace giving back, engaging with our communities to help those underserved and less fortunate. I’m extremely proud of our employees, and I appreciate the spirit, joy and commitment they bring to this campaign every year to help meaningful charities in Joplin and across North America.”
The campaign supported nine charities in CFI’s headquarters of Joplin, MO. Earlier this month, some 200 CFI employees participated in the annual “Shopping Spree” at the Joplin Target. Employees purchased over $21,000 in gifts and needed supplies, based on lists of items submitted by some 350 local underserved children and seniors identified by the Salvation Army.
At the Shopping Spree, the company also presented checks to local Joplin charities including Art Feeds, Ronald McDonald House of the Four States, Children’s Haven, the Area Agency on Aging, Pro Musica, Camp Quality and the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri.
Donations were also made to charities in other communities where CFI employees live and work. These included Laredo and Dallas, Texas; West Memphis, Arkansas; Taylor, Michigan; as well as Ontario, Canada. Employees of CFI Logistica, the company’s Mexico subsidiary, also supported charities in Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara.
Donations were raised through a company-wide raffle with prizes including gift cards for retailers such as Target, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, Bass Pro Shops and Academy Sports and Outdoors, as well as other prizes. All prizes were purchased and donated by CFI’s executive management team. The raffle also included two special drawings awarding one and two weeks of paid time off. Additional funds were raised through bake sales, a chili cook-off, book fairs and separate auctions of locally-donated prizes.
In addition, employees partnered with service organizations throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada to provide holiday gifts and food for underserved children and senior citizens.
CFI’s philanthropic efforts in 2018 also included the provision of over $83,000 of in-kind transportation services for two nationwide charitable organizations. The pro-bono services supported Holy Joe’s Cafe, which sends donated Keurig Green Mountain coffee to U.S. troops stationed in 70 countries, and Wreaths Across America, which each year during the holiday season, honors more than a million fallen U.S. veterans and their sacrifices for our freedom by placing remembrance wreaths at more than 1,400 locations in 50 states, at sea and abroad.
Since inception, Truckloads of Treasures has raised nearly $800,000 for local charities. The full list of charities supported by CFI in 2018 is below:
|Worldwide||Holy Joe’s Cafe||All-volunteer non-profit that sends donated Keurig Green Mountain coffee to U.S. troops and stations in 70 countries.||
In-kind full year total $83,530
|USA||Wreaths Across America||Mission to remember fallen US veterans, honor those who serve and teach children the value of freedom.|
|USA||Special Olympics||Provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.||$5,000|
|USA||Truckers Against Trafficking||Nonprofit organization that trains trucks drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking.||$5,000|
|Laredo||Bethany House||Feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, the only charity of its kind in the Laredo area.||$2,800|
|West Memphis||CASA of Crittenden CO AR||Provide a voice for abused, neglected and dependent children in the court process and advocate for their best interests through the use of trained volunteers.||$2,800|
|Taylor||Salvation Army||Back-to-school fundraisers, Christmas charity, and disaster relief are just a few of their supported programs.||$2,800|
|Dallas||Wilmer’s Initiative to Spread Hope “WISH”||Provide new toys and clothing to children under age 12 during the holidays through the City of Wilmer.||$2,800|
|Mexico||Monterrey: Cáritas de Monterrey A.B.P.||Provide social services and community development.
|Guadalajara: Casa Hogar Oasis De La Ninez
|Provide food, shelter, education, medical care and counseling to at risk children and adolescents.||$1,833|
|Mexico City: Asociación Programa Lazos IAP||Support education of children by strengthening schools.||$1,833|
|Canada||Southlake General Hospital Foundation- Newmarket, ON||Donor support maintains safe, fast and higher-quality healthcare.||$1,000|
|Joplin||Salvation Army (Shopping Spree)||Specifically donating to 250 children and 100 seniors in need.||$21,000|
|Jasper Police Department||Shop with a Cop, working with children selected by school counselors.||$400|
|Art Feeds||Provide therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools and children’s organizations.||$800|
|Ronald McDonald House of the Four States||Provide a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children (0-18) and ill expectant mothers being treated at Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital.||$800|
|Children’s Haven||Children can stay for a short time during crisis. This could include loss of home, emergency medical stays, lack of utilities or food, drug or alcohol rehabilitation of a parent or caregiver.||$800|
|Area Agency on Aging Region X||Provide food, programs and information to assist older persons in maintaining their independence and dignity.||$800|
|Pro Musica||Music-based educational outreach and enrichment to local schools.||$800|
|Camp Quality||Summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer.||$800|
|Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri||A low-cost safe and nurturing environment for youth ages 6-18 with after school and summer programs, including meals.||$800|