Tow truck drivers pull out the stops to help kids in need

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CHICAGO -- Hundreds of tow trucks from all over the country came together at Toyota Park in Bridgeview Sunday, forming a caravan of holiday caring to bring thousands of gifts for needy kids.

“This is perfect weather for towing companies to get together one day out of the year; to put all their differences away and come for a common cause,” said John Meyers, Grosse Pointe Towing.

This is the 9th year towing companies paraded 40 miles from Joliet to help kids in need. Roger Jackson has been doing it almost from the start, never once seeing those his deeds have helped, but living the spirit of the season.

“It’s all about the kids; Christmastime is for kids,” Jackson said.

And while the towing business is a competitive community, its members know showing kindness and decency goes a long way to lifting everyone up.

“Towing is 24/7, so the fact that they’re doing this on some of these guys’ only day off this week is pretty impressive,” said Jeff Irr, Jerr-Dan Corporation. “It really shows what type of community that towers are.”