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​Smiles For Miles – 5th Annual Trucks For Smiles

By Pam Pollock

August, 2019

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The 5th Annual Trucks For Smiles, sponsored and hosted by W.W. Friedline, Inc., was held on Saturday, June 29th at the Somerset County Fairgrounds in Meyersdale, PA. Trucks For Smiles raises funds for the Make-A-Wish® Greater PA and WV chapter.

Although storm clouds threatened the skies, the rain never made an appearance throughout the day. 126 registered trucks, including fire trucks and emergency vehicles, attended the event. The fairground was the perfect place to host the truck show – plenty of tables to relax and enjoy the delicious food from the vendors, lots of games and activities for the children and beautiful scenery that added the perfect backdrop to the magnificent big rigs on display.

The highlight of the day was when all of the drivers and their trucks lined up for the Trucks For Smiles Convoy. Make-A-Wish Kids climbed into the cabs of some of the trucks and the convoy rolled out of the fairgrounds parking lot with horns resounding a proclamation that today belonged to some very special passengers. It truly was an inspiring sight to witness as the Convoy made its proud journey down the highway.

Because of the generosity and kindness of the trucking industry, over $51,000 was raised during the 5th Annual Trucks For Smiles. Keri Friedline commented, “The average Wish costs about $4,000 (with variance depending on the child’s wish). That is enough money to grant over 12 wishes! Thank you sponsors, volunteers, friends and family that make this event a success each year! Convoy leader Pleasant Trucking of Connellsville raised over $17,000 alone! M & C Trucking of Seward, PA raised over $10,000 and Don Landis Trucking purchased the 2019 hand painted glass sign by Casey Kennell for OVER $4,000. 

We are so grateful to be surrounded by generous businesses and individuals. The amount of support behind this fundraiser is so heartwarming. To see drivers with their wives, girlfriends, kids shining up their trucks or selling candy bars to collect donations is nothing shy of humbling. They did it for the kids. The Wish kids. The local children that needed it more than themselves. It’s not just another day, to some, to many, it’s a family affair.”

Additional photos from the 5th Annual Trucks For Smiles can be found on pages 24 & 25. Our complete photo coverage of the show is available at this Gallery