Twenty-five years ago, a young man had the wish of riding in an 18-wheeler and speaking to his sister on a CB radio, and more than 40 trucks and drivers showed up. Every Mother’s Day since then, Make-A-Wish Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley hosts the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy. This year’s event is Sunday, May 11, at Burle Industries (1000 New Holland Avenue) in Lancaster (Rt.23).

This collection of trucks from across the United States converge at one location to help raise awareness and funds for Make-A-Wish Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley. It’s a day filled with fun for the entire family starting at 8:30 a.m. and all of the money raised stays local to help grant wishes. Over the years the number of trucks has grown to as many as 450 with more than 100 wish children as passengers. The event draws approximately 5,000 people that come to see the trucks, attend an auction, play games and enjoy good food.

This year’s event will feature great food with a chicken barbecue, live music, “Obie” and the Make-A-Wish Clowns, an auction, along with games and fun for all ages. Admission is free.

Many Ways To Support The Mother’s Day Truck Convoy

If you want to support Make-A-Wish Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley, there are several ways to help and take part in this event. You can register as a driver to help raise money for the event – drivers who raise and turn in pledges of $500 or more by April 25, will receive one chance per $500 raised, to win a pair of tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sept. 28 in Dover, Del.

If you don’t drive a big-rig, that’s OK: You can still make a donation to the event. All profits support Make-A-Wish Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley which grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Currently, the Susquehanna Valley office grants between 75 and 100 wishes per year with an average cost of $10,500.

There are also sponsorship opportunities available, as well as countless volunteer opportunities to help out at Burle Industries the day of the event.

Other Ways To Help Out Make-A-Wish

To benefit Make-A-Wish Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley, you can donate a car, truck, SUV, RV, boat or motorcycle to Make-A-Wish Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley’s car donation charity, Wheels For Wishes. Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley helps kids throughout the region in places like Philadelphia, Gilbertsville and Norristown, and will help turn your unwanted vehicle into a wish for a local child. Wheels For Wishes takes care of all the work for you.

Wheels For Wishes accepts most makes and models, and vehicles are picked-up or towed away at absolutely no charge to you. Plus, it’s easy to donate! Cars, trucks, boats, campers, just give us a call at 1-877-431-9474 or fill out our online donation form. Either way is easy and will help to grant a wish for a local child!