Donna Mullins of Mullins International
Solutions—profiled here recently for her outstanding work in the Atlanta logistics community
and beyond—has done it again.
Today when a random act of kindness and
caring can often make the difference, she has marshalled a brave band
of ladies to venture out with face masks, rubber gloves and proper social
distancing to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (HIJA) in Atlanta,
where they have been delivering food to truckers who had nowhere else
Here Donna picks up the story.
“Everyone has been affected by COVID-19.
“The transportation industry has been
both blessed and cursed by the virus.
“Cursed in international transportation
but blessed in domestic transportation.
“Our truckers are once again being
seen as ‘The Backbone of America.’
“I teach many classes for international
trade and logistics and I always remind students that merchandise begins
and ends its journey on a truck—from the raw materials to make the
item to the retail store or distribution center where it will be purchased.”
Keep Cargo Moving
“Mullins International Solutions is
a small company and we have felt the strain and stress of this pandemic,
just as our fellow industry colleagues, truck drivers included,”
“The truckers have been so important
to the country’s continued success that FMSCA relaxed the HOS (hours
of service) for the drivers.
“This has helped the truckers and
the supply chain.
“The HOS relaxation has enabled drivers
to complete routes that otherwise may have had to be split up into multiple
legs,” Donna insists.
to Hit the Breaks
“However, this comes at some cost
to the driver—longer hours and less time to stop and grab a bite
to eat, and some establishments do not allow a tractor-trailer to sit
in the drive-thru line, therefore making it even more difficult for them
to get a well-deserved meal.”
Some Food for Thought
“I gave thought to what we could do
to help during this unprecedented time.
“How could a small company like Mullins
International Solutions possibly do anything to help our industry?
“Then I saw a post on Facebook of
a young girl, maybe 12 or so, sitting at a table near a roadside giving
meals to truckers.
“That’s what we can do!
“So, I contacted a local restaurant,
Ruby's Chicken House (Ruby's is named in memory of Ruby Saggus, my beautiful
mama), and started a FAT KAT—Feed
A Trucker, Keep America Trucking—Challenge.”
“Ruby's made up 40 meals of chicken
wraps, chips, a cookie, and a piece of fruit and gave us a discount on
“We bought bottled waters and along
with the meals we gave every trucker a bracelet with this reminder—God's
Told the Story
smiles on the driver’s faces when we gave them a free meal were
“A big thank you to Kathy Williams,
SEKO Logistics, and Cheryl Jackson, Page & Jones, for helping distribute
“I’d like to also give a shout-out
to Todd Moore of JP Hall Express who accepted the challenge and also bought
40 meals for his drivers.”
Community Begins with You
“Just as everyone has been affected
by COVID-19, everyone can help someone else too.
“You don’t have to be a Fortune
500 company, a single meal fills someone’s belly and that, my friend,
is helping your neighbor,” Donna Mullins said gently.
“The government has initiated CARES
(Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) and private stakeholders
can CARES too, one single meal at a time.
“We plan to continue.
“FlyingTypers readers are
invited to FAT KAT.
“It all comes down to this, according
to Dr. Seuss:
“Unless someone like you cares
a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not!”
Here is how you can lean in and help FAT
KAT feed some truckers. Contact Donna.