Woman plans to feed truckers

FULTONVILLE — A retired teacher has planned a day to appreciate truck drivers with a “Feed the Truckers” event scheduled to take place today.

Pheobe Sitterly, a St. Johnsville resident is using her “great appreciation” for truck drivers, and their dedication to serve, as the inspiration of the event, according to a press release issued on the Montgomery County Facebook page.

The “Feed the Truckers” event will take place on Monday starting at 11 a.m. in Fultonville near the Thruway , Exit 28, at Riverside Drive. Each truck driver passing through the Nationwide Transportation Brokers will get a boxed lunch.

Sitterly, along with volunteers will welcome any truck driver to stop for lunch.

A flyer soliciting donations for the event states, “Truck drivers are heroes in this troubling time — keeping our stores stocked with items we all need more than ever. Some businesses do not want to let them in their facilities to use their restrooms, and truck stops are starting to close down their showers.”

According to the release, Sitterly during her career in education as a social studies teacher has helped students and their families for many years, so helping community members isn’t a new concept to her.

There was some hesitation while planning the event, but Sitterly strived to meet her goal.

“At points I was getting a bit discouraged with some people questioning like it was too much to accomplish. Last Wednesday, I took the whole day to go out personally and seek donations from all obvious places in Fulton and Montgomery County. I received mixed reactions,” Sitterly said. “But then the outpouring of support began. Price Chopper in Gloversville was my first success” she said. “The manager recognized me and agreed to give chips and fruit, and I called the Palatine store to ask them to do the same. I visited all of the Subways, and Subway of Amsterdam (located inside of Amsterdam Walmart) called and they are donating all 200 subs. I am over the moon with joy.”

More and more local business soon then began to make donations as well, including CG Roxanne LLC, which is donating bottled water; the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is donating lunch bags for the truckers; and Nationwide Transportation Brokers for hosting and donating the space for the event today.

“Phoebe has done an amazing job gathering resources and donations to help make our truckers feel appreciated. Along with recreational visitors to our counties, truckers spend money daily at our local truck stops,” said Fulton and Montgomery County Director of Tourism Development Ann Boles. “Local residents are beneficiaries of the sales tax revenue they leave behind. During this unprecedented time, we want them to know that they are welcome and we are grateful that they are still on the job every day for our benefit.”

Sitterly said candy bars will be donated from Stewart’s Shops, and pieces of fruit were donated from Hannaford in Gloversville. Walmart in Gloversville and Herkimer will offer gift cards and Beech-Nut will donate snack bars.

She would like to thank Nationwide Transportation for hosting the event, along with St. John’s Reformed Church in St. Johnsville and the volunteers helping on Monday.

If anyone would like to volunteer for the event, or to donate, contact Sitterly at (518) 844-9607.

By Patricia Older

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