Trucking groups gives 'goodie bags' to drivers passing through Hollister

Published: Sep. 12, 2018 at 7:57 PM MDT
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The Idaho Trucking Association and volunteers handed out goodie bags to truck drivers at the Hollister port of entry on Wednesday.

It's Driver Appreciation Week and ITA partnered with more than 20 businesses to assemble 300 bags filled with snacks, water and accessories.

"No matter whether if they're from the state of Idaho or from Canada we're here to thank them for the services they provide," said Sunrise Express safety manager Kelly Bangerter.

Bangerter said truck drivers drive 70 hours per week and don't get to spend much time with their families.

Several truck drivers told KMVT they were caught of by surprise by the support.

"A lot of people also understand what we do out here, that's a plus," said Idaho truck driver Alhar Byah. "Best thing we do is when we are actually hauling something to small towns, or you know, to give them food."

All goods were donated, donors included from Sunrise Express, Peterbilt, Chobani, Rich Thompson Trucking, Inc. to Lynch Oil, Big Town, GLS carriers and many more.

There were other port of entries sites across the state handing out bags. Organizers hope to turn this event into an annual one.