Lewisville, Texas – Summit Truck Group, LLC, has announced a donation of $23,187.00 to Wreaths Across America (WAA). The donation includes employee and customer contributions as well as a match from Summit. Funds donated to WAA are used to place live wreaths on veterans’ graves, and Summit’s contributions are earmarked for the Springfield Area Motor Carriers Club (SAMCC) overall donation, to support providing wreaths at the Springfield National Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. The ceremony will be held Dec. 14 at 11:00 am at the Rostrum in the center of the cemetery.
Summit Area Sales Director Steve Cook, who lives in the Springfield area, championed this project following his involvement in placing wreaths at veterans’ graves at the Springfield cemetery last year.
“Personally, this is a moving experience,” Cook said. “Laying a wreath against the headstone of a 19-year-old man who gave his life for the country we live in today will change you.” Steve added that in 2018, 6,000 wreaths were laid in Springfield; however, the cemetery has over 15,000 veteran graves. Many of the 2,539 Union and Confederate soldiers killed in one of the Civil War’s early battles at Wilson’s Creek are buried in the cemetery, as are 5 Medal of Honor Recipients.
Employees at Summit locations held a variety of fundraising projects to benefit WAA, and customers from several locations also donated to the effort. Summit employees and customers contributed $11,727.50, with Summit providing a match of $11,459.50. Summit Truck Group’s total donation will pay for over 2,300 wreaths.
“This was the first company-wide fundraiser conducted at all Summit locations,” said Summit CEO Justin Fink. “Typically, our locations are involved with various charities in their local area, so this was an opportunity for Summit to pull together. If you have a veteran in your own family, work, or friendship circle, you recognize that freedom is not free,” Fink added. “The life we all enjoy in America would not be possible without the sacrifices of those who serve our country.”