Although every human is driven by the need to make money and make a profit, it is still amazing to see individuals and corporations who provide services to their immediate community free of charge, without taking anything in return. One such individual is Shelli Conaway, one of the brains behind Trucks With Room to Spare Inc.
Since its establishment in 2018, the company has delivered essential supplies in the aftermath of natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and the rest. There is nowhere the group won’t go in emergency times, as long as they feel like their services are needed. Often described as an intelligent operation, it involves packing trucks already on the route to disaster sites to maximum capacity with vital supplies, saving lives and saving energy while they’re at it.
According to Shelli Conaway, Trucks With Room was born out of Hurricane Michael in 2018, during a time she was running a load through the area where the hurricane-affected. Having to stop at several truck stops along the way to purchase water and other supplies, which is then handed to someone on the side of the road, opened Conaway’s eyes to the possibility of other drivers who might want to help. Therefore, a Facebook group was set up to connect truckers and non-profit groups that needed help with supplies. Subsequently, there was an approach to form a non-profit, and the rest is history.
“We are a non-profit that helps with supplies and the transportation of supplies before, during, and after a disaster,” Conaway said of the group’s core mission.
Trucks With Room targets everyone, and according to Conaway, everyone knows someone in transportation. “Our target audiences are truckers and other individuals and companies that want to help during times of disasters.”
On the group’s activities over the past year and what makes them stand out, Conaway said, “We have had the pleasure of assisting many groups, organizations, and communities since. We helped transport hay and supplies during the midwest floods, hauled supplies for groups like United Cajun Navy and CrowdSource Rescue during Hurricane Laura/Delta and Zeta, and provided needed PPE for vulnerable truckers in the heights of the COVID crisis. We also participated in the ground transport of many supplies going to the Bahamas after that country was hit by a hurricane.”
Truck With Room is pretty busy for a National non-profit that relies on donations and sponsors to help keep the wheel turning as much as the group still requires donations for fuel and other supplies. However, the group continues to form partnerships with semi-truck and trailer sales and manufacturing companies to acquire more equipment to continue making an enormous impact in disasters.
Truck With Room continues to provide timely emergency services for everyone in time of need. And for Conaway, the goal is always to be there when the need arises.