For 85 years, New Penn has provided transportation service to the northeastern United States with best-in-class next-day shipping. And while we take great pride in serving our customers, it’s also important that we serve our communities. New Penn is proud to have employees that care about the lives of the people in their communities and are dedicated to giving back.
New Penn professional driver, Jason Eichelberger, is one of those employees. For years, Jason has been donating his time and resources to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the young lives they serve.
Inspired by the mission of Make-A-Wish, Jason recently participated in their annual Make-A-Wish Truck Convoy in Gettysburg, PA (NP truck appears at 4:35 mark). The Truck Convoy is designed to raise awareness and funds for the Make-A-Wish foundation’s Greater Pennsylvania branch. Over 50 trucks from across the state came together on May 1, 2016 in hopes of making more wishes come true. While this year’s totals are not yet available, the Make-A-Wish Truck Convoy was able to raise over 70,000 dollars in 2015!
This year was Jason’s third time participating in the event. He was inspired to support the convoy again this year after his daughter’s good friend and classmate, Tyson Balek, was diagnosed with a rare neurological brain disorder called Metachromatic Leukodystrophy.
“Although I do not know if Tyson is a ‘Wish Child,’ seeing how big his heart is and how he is handling what’s going on is something for all of us to look up to,” said Jason. “Knowing what his parents and family are going through is something no family should have to go through. So I decided to help out with Make-A-Wish again.”
“I always like being able to help someone in need and like knowing my efforts are staying in my community. I feel as though a lot of those people who see a big company willing to take time and help a child speaks volumes about the company to the families and community.”
Since he was just six years old, Jason knew that he wanted to be a professional truck driver. He has been a professional driver for the past seventeen years, and the past two of which he has spent with New Penn. He decided to join New Penn because his grandfather drove for New Penn in years past. Jason currently works as a road driver at our Camp Hill, PA terminal. He has remained collision-free for the past 16 years and has logged over one million consecutive miles of safe driving.
“Jason is a dedicated driver and an excellent employee,” said Mike Stone, Camp Hill Terminal Manager. “The fact that he gives his time to Make-A-Wish fits in with his character. He’s always there to help other employees and go above and beyond the call of duty. Jason is the type of person that every company would want on their team.”
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