Trucking Santas has a very basic and simple mission – to help others. For two years now, Heather Pontruff has searched high and low for not just less fortunate families, but also for the least fortunate families. Last year was their first official year. It all started with a text message asking Heather for a personal favor – to adopt someone’s son so that he could have a Christmas. Reflecting on her own childhood, growing up with a single father trying to raise two girls on a Wal-Mart budget (he actually worked there), Heather decided to do more than just “adopt” the one boy – she adopted the entire family and bought them all sorts of gifts and necessities for Christmas that year. This sparked an idea, and soon Heather had several truckers and trucking supporters offering to adopt families. That year, without any experience or organization, she helped 17 families. This year, they have 21 families and an entire cerebral palsy facility looking to be adopted for Christmas. Heather makes no bones about it – these families are not just “scamming the system” and looking for another free handout – they have real issues and true needs. In fact, you can read all their individual stories on the Trucking Santas website and even choose which family (or families) you would like to help. Or, you can simply make a donation. This year, Patriot Outreach, a national non-profit organization, is sponsoring Trucking Santas and offering overwhelming support. If you have ever wondered how you could help someone less fortunate than yourself at Christmastime, this could be it! For more information, visit their website at www.truckingsantas.org and help send kids some Christmas cheer this year.
Daniel J. Linss has been with 10-4 Magazine since the beginning in September of 1993 and has been the Editor and Art Director since March of 1994. Over the years, he has also become an owner and one of the main photographers for 10-4 and is well-known for his insightful cover feature articles and honest show reports. Married for over 30 years with three grown children, Daniel produces 10-4 Magazine each and every month from his office in Central California.