Safye Terry serves as Grand Marshall at ‘Convoy for a Cause’

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Dozens of trucks took part in a very special convoy for a cause Sunday morning, aiming to put the brakes on poverty in the Capital Region.

For truck driver John Carpenter, the Convoy for a Cause was an event he couldn’t miss.

“We don’t have a 9 to 5 job. There’s days we start at midnight, one in the morning and work to six or seven at night,” said Carpenter. We do it because we love and it’s nice to be able to help out, help those that need the help.”

Rows and rows of truck drivers from across the Capital Region lined up in Beech Nut’s parking lot.

Chairman Richard Kennedy says he loves seeing everyone come together.

“Oh, it’s the sense of community,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy helped organize the event, now in its third year.

Every year organizers choose a different charity, and then the truck drivers and their family and friends make donations.

“All of the proceeds we take in today, 100 percent of them go back to the organizations that we’re donating to,” said Kennedy.

The event raised $6,000 last year, but the convoy has been growing every year, so organizers hope to raise even more this year.

“It’s great to see the community come together for a common cause,” said Kennedy. “The truckers love it, the community loves it.”

Sunday’s event had a very special guest. Schenectady super survivor Safyre Terry, who survived a devastating house fire served as the Grand Marshall for the convoy.

“I think that’s outstanding Safyre has been through so much and now she’s willing to give back to her community and help out,” said Kennedy.

As Safyre made her rounds, more and more drivers arrived, each with a donation and a smile on their face.

“We’re just getting money together for charities to help out people that really really need the help,” said Carpenter.

By Sunday afternoon, what was once an empty parking lot was filled with trucks, and people who want to truly make a difference.

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