“Everyday Heroes” Truck Brings In Record Amount For Truckers Against Trafficking
Phoenix, Arizona – Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) once again auctioned off its “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 last Friday in Phoenix.
The winning bid was submitted by Collin Stewart, president of Stewart Transport, and came it at a cool $162,000.
Proceeds of the sale will go to help support TAT, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking by educating, mobilizing, and empowering the nation’s truck drivers and rest stop employees.
Stewart Transport, a Phoenix-based company specializes in delivering refrigerated and dry van freight, is a long-time supporter of TAT and its mission to end human trafficking.
Stewart attended and placed the winning bid at the live auction.
For Stewart, it was hard to pass up the opportunity to place a bid on a truck that supports an organization he believes in so strongly.
“Our new Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 will allow us to help support and promote TAT’s efforts in the fight against human trafficking,” said Stewart. “Our drivers are TAT trained so they’re knowledgeable about the program and know how to help identify human trafficking on the road. This Kenworth T680 will be a great addition to our fleet.”
Don Blake is the new truck sales manager at Inland Kenworth in Phoenix and he’s also a TAT board member. He is credited with being a “driving force” behind this year’s auction.
“The Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 auction was a fantastic success, thanks to our incredible sponsors, who generously donated parts and money to build this special truck,” Blake said.
He continued, “Two years ago, our first Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 auction netted $83,000 for Truckers Against Trafficking, and served as a stepping-stone to increase the trucking industry’s awareness of human trafficking. That effort helped us to achieve this year’s even larger donation.”
The $162,000 donation is the largest one-time gift in the organization’s history, according to Kendis Paris, TAT executive director.
“We are so grateful to have Collin and Stewart Transport submit the winning bid. Not only will Collin’s generous purchase help us fund our programs, but they obtain a high-performing Kenworth T680 that will serve as a great addition to its fleet,” Paris said.
The Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 is fully loaded with a 76-inch sleeper, and features the PACCAR Powertrain with a PACCAR MX-13 485-hp engine, PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission, and PACCAR 40K tandem rear axles.
According to Stewart, the company’s new Kenworth T680 will join a fleet of more than 100 trucks and will be utilized in the Western region of the United States.
“The industry again showed its generosity by coming together to support TAT and its important work. The funds will be used to expand our work within the trucking industry, and further our partnerships with law enforcement, additional modes of transportation and multiple countries, in the fight against human trafficking,” Paris said.
Human trafficking is an industry estimated to be worth $32 billion in the United States alone, and $150 billion globally, according to Truckers Against Trafficking.
To further its education, TAT operates the Freedom Driver’s Project – a mobile exhibit, which educates members of the trucking industry.
(Featured Image: From left, are Kylla Lanier, deputy director of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT); winning bidder Collin Stewart, president of Stewart Transport; Don Blake, new truck sales manager at Inland Kenworth – Phoenix; and Gilbert Orrantia, director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security and co-chair Arizona’s Human Trafficking Council.)