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TCA Forges Even Stronger Ties with Wreaths Across America (WAA) by Donating Space for a Satellite Office
Now the veterans’ organization will have better access to the decision makers and funding resources located near the nation’s capital
The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) proudly announces that it is donating office space to Wreaths Across America (WAA) at its Alexandria, Virginia, headquarters. WAA’s new satellite office will allow the veterans-focused organization—which is primarily based in Columbia Falls, Maine—to have a stronger presence in the Washington, DC area.
Tobin Slaven will split his time between his home state of Maine and Wreaths Across America's new satellite office in Alexandria, Virginia.
Tobin Slaven, who manages the communications team at WAA, will split his time between the new Alexandria office and his home state of Maine. He has a long history with Wreaths Across America and is eager to cross-promote/connect with other organizations in a way that benefits all involved.
“TCA’s generosity is enabling me to do more fundraising outreach around the Beltway,” said Slaven. “That is really important because a lot of folks know about the laying of the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery each December, but they incorrectly assume that the government does it. It’s actually a project that was started in 1992 by a local wreath company in Maine. Today it’s run by WAA, and it’s our signature event among many initiatives designed to remember the fallen, honor those who serve in the military, and teach children about the value of their service.”
TCA’s involvement with WAA has grown exponentially over the years, beginning with just a few members hauling wreaths. Today it plays a pivotal role in coordinating logistics for the deliveries of nearly a million wreaths for “National Wreaths Across America Day” and runs a fundraising Gala for the non-profit.
“So far, we’ve held two Galas to raise funds for Wreaths Across America, and a third is coming up on September 22. The participants gave far beyond what we might have imagined,” said TCA President Brad Bentley. “We are looking forward to laying one million wreaths in veterans’ cemeteries across America this December, including covering every grave at Arlington.”
It is appropriate that the WAA planning committee will meet at TCA’s headquarters beginning this year, Slaven said. “There is so much work and coordination that is done with the trucks… People don't realize that we just flat out could not honor the veterans with wreaths without the trucking industry and the generous support of owners, carriers, drivers, and the many support people who make it happen.”