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The story

Freight transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s essential. Often critical. And then there is a load that stops us in our tracks. It reminds us of the beauty of life, the resiliency of the human spirit, and most importantly, to never take an ordinary day for granted.
That load for us was a full truckload that picked up Tuesday, April 29 in Carrollton, Georgia. It was scheduled to deliver Thursday, May 1 to Stamford, Connecticut and it had to arrive on time. Nothing noticeably different from any of the other 18,000 loads we move each week.
Except that awaiting the arrival of this particular load were 100 volunteer police, fire, and community members. This was a load of playground equipment that was being put together in honor of six-year-old Jessie Lewis, one of the 26 victims in the 2012 shooting attack at Sandy Hook Elementary. Our customer shared with us the link to the local news coverage of the ribbon-cutting. Jessie Lewis had shouted for his classmates to run while the gunman paused to reload his weapon during that December attack. He saved nine of his classmates. 
TQL had the honor of arranging the transportation for the final six playground deliveries from the Sandy Hook tragedy and continues to work Where Angels Play as it builds playgrounds across the country. 

How to nominate a non-profit

Inspired by this experience, TQL is starting a new program for our employees, customers and carriers called Moves that Matter. The idea is simple: if you’ve had the honor of being a part of a move that mattered, share your story with us. Each month, we’ll donate $1,000 to at least one non-profit 501(c)(3) that was part of one of the stories.

Full program details and eligibility requirements can be found here, or email MovesThatMatter@tql.com.

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