An organization known as Meals for 18-Wheels is trying to make Christmas a little merrier for drivers who will be away from their families during the holidays. The group's concept is to encourage people to adopt a trucker and deliver him/her a meal while they are on the road. The “driver” of this operation is CEO of Missing Driver Alert Network, Kari Fisher, as she received a post on her company's Facebook page about a trucker who was sad about not being able to get a home cooked meal for Christmas.
Fisher realized that other truckers on the road probably felt the same way and polled drivers to see who would be interested in receiving meals and coordinated volunteers to deliver those meals. She tested this for Thanksgiving and a total of 31 meals were delivered. The enthusiastic response encouraged Fisher to send out invitations to all 3000 of her Facebook followers and she received a response of 250 people in 42 states who have signed up to bring dinners to truckers this holiday season.
Trucker Jeff Bidwell was one of those who received a dinner while on the road. At a stop in Olney, Illinois, a volunteer gave Bidwell and his driving partner a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. According to Bidwell, they were given so much food that they were actually able to share their food with other truckers.
If you are interested in delivering a meal to a trucker for the holiday season, you can visit the Meals for 18 Wheels Facebook page to volunteer.