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Today’s Pickup: Old Dominion pledges disaster relief support to Red Cross; teen inventors

Old Dominion has made a commitment to donate up to $250,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

Good day,

Old Dominion Freight Line (NASDAQ: ODFL) has pledged $250,000 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief effort and has created a web platform to channel employee and customer donations to the Red Cross. The donation was made through the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, which allows Disaster Responder members to pledge financial and in-kind donations in advance of disasters.

“Every day in the face of disasters, the generosity of Disaster Responder members like Old Dominion Freight Line ensures the Red Cross can provide comfort and care to people in their darkest hours,” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “We are extremely grateful for these contributions before disasters strike because it enables us to respond to disasters immediately and compassionately, when help and hope are needed most.”

The Red Cross uses these donations in part to help build strong infrastructure, train volunteers, and develop innovative technology and critical resources necessary to provide relief and support to those in crisis.

Employees and customers of Old Dominion can support the effort as well by visiting

“From hurricanes and flooding to wildfires, we’ve seen the impact that the American Red Cross has on our communities. We’re dedicated to helping Red Cross keep their promises by assisting with disaster preparation and response. This partnership will help many communities around the country, communities where our OD Family lives and works every day,” said Chip Overbey, senior vice president of strategic planning at Old Dominion Freight Line. “This announcement is a way to formalize the work we’ve done and the work we will continue to do with the American Red Cross. Our goal is to help these communities not only monetarily, but also through our OD Family support.”

Each year, the Red Cross responds to more than 62,000 disasters across the country – the majority of which are home fires.

Visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Did you know?

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“Our country is very diverse, and we want our communities to develop for themselves what they need, and coordinate at the federal level to create regulations that will address issues. And of course, we want to make sure there are ample opportunities for the private sector to get involved. In this administration, we do not believe that the government is the innovator. We facilitate and create the environment in which innovation will prevail.”

-Elaine Chao, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, speaking at the International Transport Forum 2019 on the patchwork of state regulations in the U.S. and how it may impact adoption of innovative technology

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Final Thoughts

In case you missed it yesterday, FreightWaves ran a story on two teen inventors from Massachusetts who have developed an autonomous delivery vehicle called the Robo Postal. Yes, hundreds of companies are working on this as well, but it’s refreshing to see young teens interested in the future of the supply chain. You can read the story here:

Hammer down everyone!

Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]