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Land Line - Bright Spots Dealing with COVID-19
Thankfully there have been an abundance of bright spots along this weird and winding road in dealing with COVID-19.
People and places who have really stepped up and seem to be very in-tune with taking care of truckers and truck traffic.
A very sincere shout out is in order for several small-town police departments that have used social media to share their offers of assisting drivers with obtaining hot food by giving them rides to local drive-thru restaurants. Hodgenville,Ky. Police Department, Eufaula, Al. Police Department, Turner, Ore. Police Department and Pottsville, Ark. Police Department have all used their Facebook pages to express their appreciation for the drivers who are out there toughing it out.
Again, through social media more than one restaurant with truck parking available has offers to bring food orders curb-side for pick up. Zaxby’s on Hwy 247 in Byron, Ga. is directly across the street from Pilot Flying J at the 146 get-off on I-75. They have signs posted offering curb-service, truck parking, and picnic tables outside so you don’t have to eat in your truck and can still social distance.
A fer piece on up I-75 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Lucky Steer Restaurant is not only offering truck parking and curb service for pick-up orders, they’re giving truckers 40% off their check total to show their appreciation.
If you’re not in proximity to any of these locations, don’t be surprised if a stranger offers a ride in places trucks don’t have available parking and can’t fit in the drive-through. Posts sharing the request to consider this or picking up the driver’s orders have been making their way around social media outlets in various forms.
Last but definitely not least, if you happen to be rolling Oklahoma I-35 on Friday, March 20th, you can find a meal and a thank-you on the north and southbound ramps of exit 136 from 11am to 1pm, courtesy of TBS Factoring Service. TBS president Jennifer Lickteig calls truckers “American heroes” and wishes to show her own appreciation as well as the company’s to the men and women who keep our commerce rolling. The lunch is grab and go – you don’t even have to leave the cab.