Battle Creek man giving back to thank truckers during COVID-19 pandemic

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Sonny Singh speaks with with a truck driver behind his car after handing the man a care package. (WWMT/Matt Miller)

Truck drivers continue traveling across the country during the coronavirus diesease 2019, or COVID-19, pandemic, working to restock shelves in Michigan.

To say thank you, one Battle Creek man decided to give back.

Sonny Singh started collecting healthy snacks, water bottles, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes on March 23, 2020. He then started to distribute them in care packages to drivers along I-94.

"When we hand it to them, it's just a morale booster for them, because they've been on the road two weeks, not seen their families. They're hopping from one load to another," Singh said.

Singh owns Hogzilla in Battle Creek and said when he isn't working, he heads to rest stops with a large whiteboard that reads "Thanks you truckers!" where he hands out gloves, snacks and water.

He stopped at a rest area just east of mile marker 97 on Interstate 94 on March 25.

A few people came to collect a care package and thank Singh. He didn't shake hands and kept his distance when possible. He's also taken care to wipe down all of the goods he's handing out.

"We don't want to be part of the problem. We want to be part of the solution," Singh said.

He is looking for the community's help. Singh said the biggest need is sanitation items, such as disposable gloves and hand sanitizer.

He has a Facebook group where he shares his mission and can be contacted.

Singh said he's hoping for a large donation of hand sanitizer.

"If any brewery, anybody wants to donate sanitizing products, it would be well used. And, it would be appreciated as well by the truckers," he said.

Singh mentioned he's seen people are recognizing truck drivers more.

"Now people are really noticing them," he said. "Now they're realizing things on the shelf, gas in the tanks, everything that we wear, eat, drive, is all delivered on trucks."