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Editor's note: This story is part of our "50 Stories of People Helping People" series. As we celebrate Penske's 50th anniversary in 2019, we are spotlighting associates every Friday who are making a difference in their communities.

A nice, heavy winter coat can go a long way when trying to keep warm for the winter. In many regions across the United States, cold weather has already made its presence felt, even introducing colder-than-usual temperatures.

And north Texas communities have been no exception. As early as October, Fort Worth, Texas, experienced winter-like conditions. But, Penske locations across the Fort Worth area are doing what they can to provide warmth to people in need, so they're starting with a coat drive.

The drive began earlier this month and is still going strong. But, coats aren't the only items they're collecting. Tony Williams, Penske's district manager, says they're also accepting donations of new and gently used scarves, gloves, hats, boots, blankets, bed sheets and pillow cases.

"It's important that, as a district, we come together to help the local communities that we are a part of," said Williams. "This drive will help the less fortunate be more prepared for the winter months ahead. It's only fall, and we've already experienced colder weather than usual."

"Collecting these much-needed items for our local shelters will hopefully take care of some families that would otherwise not have any alternatives to stay warm," said Williams.

All the donations will benefit their local Salvation Army, Presbyterian shelter and Union Gospel Mission.

"This is my first time holding a coat drive in the Fort Worth District, so I'm eager to see what we can do."

But, the giving doesn't stop there.

Recently, Williams and his district organized a food and supplies drive to benefit their local Ronald McDonald House. Over the summer, Texas associates from Fort Worth, Alvarado, Weatherford and San Angelo collected donations – about a few hundred worth.

"We have a couple of associates who've had to utilize Ronald McDonald House resources or similar resources over the years, so it was one place we knew right away we wanted to support," said Williams. "When we donated everything on Sept. 27, we had about an SUV full of food and supplies. It was really special and something we will look to continue doing."

By Chris Abruzzo

Planning a cross-country trip this Thanksgiving holiday? Make sure to pack an extra helping of patience for the road.

AAA expects more than 55 million holiday travelers – the highest amount since 2005 – to travel from Wednesday, Nov. 27, to Sunday, Dec. 1, by train, plane and automobile to holiday destinations.

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Penske's sixth annual Veterans Day Recognition Program took place on Monday at its corporate headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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On a sprawling retreat south of Louisville, Kentucky, Debi Tribbey was hard at work trying to wrestle with a group of vines, which formed a stranglehold on a section of fencing.

"There were so many tough vines that had gone through the fencing," said Tribbey, district financial manager for Penske Truck Leasing in Louisville. "It was almost like de-needling."

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With the sound of gunfire still echoing from the 21-gun salute, Michael Phillips, a member of the Navy Ceremonial Guard, stood at attention, saluting a fallen Navy hero as taps began to play.

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With the threat hostile forces nearby, Autumn Barrett remained alert as she patrolled her U.S. Air Force base deep in the heart of Iraq.

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Bill Combs, director of connected fleet for Penske Transportation Solutions, an $8.4 billion leader in transportation and logistics, will lend his expertise to the upcoming Fleet Forward Conference. Hosted by Bobit Business Media, the conference will take place in San Jose, California, from November 11-13, at The Forager.

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As a truck driver in the Army, Scott 'Hutch' Hutchison's duties took him just feet from the border between North and South Korea to the war-torn sands of Iraq.

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Loren Robinson grew up listening to his uncles' and brothers' recollections of their military service – from World War II to Vietnam – knowing one day, he would continue his family's legacy of service.

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The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) welcomes Penske Transportation Solutions as its newest Gold Level Partner, helping the non-profit organization empower more women in the transportation and logistics industry. Jennifer Sockel, executive vice president, talent and enterprise services at Penske Transportation Solutions, will serve on the WIT Board of Directors.

Since joining in 2014, the company has actively participated in the association as a corporate member. Now supporting WIT at the Gold Level, the company is furthering its commitment to advancing gender diversity in the industry.

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Penske was recently named a 2020 Military-Friendly Employer in recognition of the company's commitment to creating employment opportunities for veterans.

The list, created by VIQTORY, which publishes G.I. Jobs and Military Spouses magazines, serves as a bellwether for veterans and their spouses in their search for the best employment opportunities.

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Editor's note: This story is part of our "50 Stories of People Helping People" series. As we celebrate Penske's 50th anniversary in 2019, we are spotlighting associates every Friday who are making a difference in their communities.

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Eight more of Penske Logistics' safest professional truck drivers were celebrated at the company's headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania, recently for achieving 20 consecutive years of preventable accident- and injury-free driving.

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