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Trucking company grants Christmas wishes for nearly 100 children

Ashley Coker



Contract Transport Services granted a popular Christmas wish for nearly 100 children: a brand new bicycle. The company gave the bikes to Green Bay, Wisconsin-area children in need this month. The effort was part of the CTS’s 4th Annual Holiday Bike Drive.

Some of the brand new bikes are obtained through corporate donations from companies like Kenworth, while others are donated directly by CTS employees. The employees also help hand the bikes out to the children.

Kenworth has a habit of participating in events and programs aimed at bringing joy to the masses, especially during the holiday season. The company also participated in the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour for the fifth consecutive year in 2018.

“Our Annual Bike Drive has once again delivered in a big way. We will be handing out over 90 bikes to kids, which will make it a very special holiday for them. At CTS, we drive to instill in all of our employees the values of family and community ,” CTS President Curt Reitz said. “ I am extremely proud of how our employees continue to rise to the challenge of giving rather than receiving during this time of year. A special thanks to our drivers, who during 60-to 70-hour work weeks make time to go out and provide these kids with that special gift.”

CTS partnered with Foundations Health and Wholeness and the Brown County PALS Program to distribute the bikes to the children. The kids were invited to the CTS Shop, where a middle school basketball team Reitz’s coaches helped make the event a success, according to a CTS media release.

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Foundations Health and Wholeness is a foster program aimed at helping children who need intensive care and nurturing away from home. It also prepares children to live independently and thrive in society when they turn 18 and leave the foster care system. 

Brown County PALS Program matched children who are referred by Child Protective Services with an adult or family in order to enrich the child’s life with bonding activities several hours per month, allowing them to form strong connection outside the home.

“I think they just get a big smile, and a lot of them, I think, are a little nervous, because they maybe haven’t ridden one in the past, or ever. So there’s a lot of that, a lot of happy faces,” Rachel McCain, CTS marketing, told a local news station.

While the number of bikes donated was down slightly in 2018, there was more variety to the donations in terms of bike types and sizes, allowing CTS to make donations to older kids as well as younger kids this holiday season.

Chris Henry

Chris Henry has spent his entire 20-year career in transportation. In 2014, he founded the online motor carrier benchmarking service StakUp. As a result of a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) in 2015, StakUp was rebranded as inGauge and Henry became the program manager for the TCA Profitability Program (TPP), an exclusive benchmarking initiative that includes more than 230 motor carrier participants throughout North America. Since joining the program, participation in TPP has grown over 300%. In June 2019, StakUp was acquired by FreightWaves and Henry became its vice president of carrier profitability, in addition to his role with TPP. Henry earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor of commerce degree from Nipissing University.