Chillicothe Truck Drivers Moved to Create 'Highway for Hope'


UPDATED: Wednesday May 22, 2013 11:45 PM

It's footage that's moved people to tears and for one Chillicothe business, it's footage that's also moved them into action.

"It just opened our hearts to it. We've got to do something. It's like a push, you've got to do something," said Bernie Faulkner with Chillicothe Dispatch Service.

Faulkner said the video he saw from the devastation in Oklahoma inspired them to create a program called "Highway for Hope," which was named by one of their drivers.

They're asking the public for donations, which they plan to put into semi-trailers, and get them to the victims in Oklahoma.

They plan to park a semi-trailer at their office at 5565 State Route 23 South in Chillicothe, another in Wellston and a third at the K-Mart on N. Bridge Street in Chillicothe.

Faulkner said they hope to have the trucks in place by this weekend, and plan to leave them there to accept donations for about a week.

Their goals are high. "That's what we're hoping for, three full truck loads," Faulkner said.

He said the items they would like donated include bottled water, diapers, personal hygiene items, flashlights, batteries and food that is ready-to-eat.
  
Faulkner said his church, Rozelle Creek Holy Chapel, is also accepting cash donations. The church is located at 4061 Rozelle Creek Road, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.

For more information, call Chillicothe Dispatch Service at (740) 663-2901 or e-mail chillidispatch@yahoo.com.

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