Bill is an over the road truck driver. He drives a refrigerated unit. Though he can carry almost anything, most of his loads are temperature controlled. Bill takes his job very seriously. He follows rules and regulations. He is very safety conscious, and takes pride in what he does.
Recently, Bill was hauling a truckload of meat to North Carolina. When he arrived at his destination, he had to wait while it was unloaded. He has never had any problems with damages, however this time he was told that one box of meat was being rejected. Apparently, there was a spot of blood on one box. He was told it was unacceptable.
Having never had a damaged load, Bill was shocked. He wanted to check the situation out. The box was fine, no damage. Nothing was leaking. Apparently, when the box was packed, a spot of blood dripped onto the box. Still, the receiver refused the one box of beef.
At this point, Bill called his company to report the situation. Bill was told to donate the 66 pounds of beef to someone or throw it away. Bill was not about to throw away this perfectly good beef. Unfamiliar with the area, Bill began making phone calls to donate the meat.
He called local food banks and was rejected. He called local churches and church programs with the same results. Surprised, but not willing to throw away high quality food, very expensive meat, he persevered. Bill knew there was nothing wrong with it, and that would be the worst kind of wastefulness.
He called the police department to donate it, or to get suggestions. He was told they were not interested. He called the fire department. While the fire department was not interested either, they referred him to the Allied Homeless Shelter, in Burlington, N.C.
When Bill called the Homeless Shelter, they were very happy to accept the donation gift of 66 pounds of beef! The shelter worker arranged to come pick up the box from Bill. When he arrived, they opened the box, so he could see the donation. To say he was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. The box was full of three huge top grade prime rib roasts.
Bill was glad that he had not been willing to throw that away. He wanted someone who needed that food to have it. He went out of his way to make calls until he found a homeless shelter who not only was happy to take it, but needed it! He made the shelter happy, as well as many hungry people. Not only did they get a good meal, they got the best there is!
Bill is a very good truck driver. He puts in many long hours, getting the food from the packing plants to the warehouse, the stores, and to your tables on time. He is also a great person. He did a very good deed.
This is my husband of 31 years. I’m extremely proud of him for many reasons…such as this.