ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Members of the Myrtle Creek Elks Lodge gave out 150 goodie bags to truck drivers Thursday to show their appreciation for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group gave out 75 bags at the Love’s Truck Stop in Roseburg and 75 at the Seven Feathers truck stop in Canyonville.
Organizers said every item was donated by the community in less than a month. They said each bag is worth around $25, which means they raised around $3,000 worth of items.
Renee Pechette, a co-organizer for the We Heart Truckers community project, said their main goal was to make the drivers feel recognized for their hard work.
“It’s not much, but it’s something,” said Pechette. “Wish we could hug them and say thank you, but this our way of saying thank you.”
In each bag, drivers found items like food, drinks, gift certificates, activity books and hand-made masks.
One driver told KEZI 9 News that he is grateful for the gesture.
“It shows that what we’re doing matters to people,” said Robert Deitrich.