Last Saturday morning those entering the back door of Blenheim Baptist Church met with a strange waft. The smell of rubber (four truck tires stacked to form a coffee station), and that of eggs, sausage, pancakes, toast, and coffee filled the air.
The church hosted their thirteenth annual ‘Trucker Appreciation Breakfast’. Local truckers, both the working and the retired, gathered for a great time of friendship and fun.
Over seventy drivers along with ten family and friends dropped by from 7:30 -10:00 to enjoy the complimentary meal. Pastor Bill noted, “Our church team has, again, excelled! Thanks to Marc of Blenheim Community Funeral Home for the donated coffee. We had a lot of laughs, and many stories were told. It is great to see friends reconnecting.”
There was much conversation and commendation regarding the truck-related toy displays. Contributors included:
- Len Casier with his metal antique truck display
- Alan Pool with his 1/64th scale trucks and farm machinery
- Lonnie Gore lending his ‘L.A. Cranes’ wooden truck which went well with the
wooden construction equipment of an anonymous lender
- Pastor Bill with his large 1/64 scale truck diorama
Center-pieces for the tables included various wooden trucks and construction equipment built or provided by Dan Hould, Murray Little, and the late Sid Ward all of Blenheim.
SM Freight, Pinwood Truck Parts, and R. Brush Farms lent truck parts to accent the room. Greg Osborne donated the much-appreciated (!) new banners. The big red Peterbilt 386 parked at the back door by Jeremy and Melissa Kersey-Roelens added a classy touch of welcome.
Many community or truck-related businesses donated door prizes. The church expresses a big “THANK YOU!” to all, and to those who donated toward the provision of the breakfast.
Last Friday evening nineteen community friends came to preview the toys, and the Breakfast set-up. On Monday evening eighteen 4-H Club members along with some parents came by to see and hear the story of Pastor Bill’s full diorama.
Chaplain Len and Sue Reimer of the ‘Transport For Christ’ Chapel at the T/A Travel Plaza (Woodstock} were in attendance at the Breakfast. Pastor Bill Terris is our local ‘Transport For Christ’ Chaplain.
These chaplains offer personal or family support to the trucking industry. The ‘Transport For Christ’ prayer line is 1-877-797-7729. Chaplain Len can be contacted at email@example.com. Chaplain Bill can be reached locally at 519-676-1472.