Yes. The St. Christopher Fund is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, which means that all donations made to the organization are tax deductible. You will receive a postcard that indicates how much you donated.
Mail a check to:
PO Box 30763
Knoxville, TN 37930
Click the ‘Donate’ button on the top of the webpage to donate through PayPal
In order for a driver to be considered a candidate for financial support from the St. Christopher’s Fund, they must first meet certain criteria. After the criteria have been met, SCF may be able to assist drivers in a variety of capacities.
- Must hold a commercial driver’s license
- Driving a commercial vehicle must be primary source of income (or was before the medical problem caused a loss of work)
- Must have a significant medical problem that requires monetary assistance:
- Medical information must be able to be confirmed by medical examination or via contact with your physician
- Must be able to provide proof of needing financial assistance
Drivers that meet these criteria are eligible for assistance. Assistance is provided on a funds-available basis.
On the top left of the screen, click Application Step 1 to find out what information is needed.
Every question must be answered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to call and get the fax number for medical records.When filling out the medical release form, please include dates from the start of the medical issue through present.
It can take up to 2 business days to return calls. Please do not leave multiple messages. Due to such a high call volume, please send emails if possible in order to get a faster response.
At the top left, click the Application Step 1, follow the directions, move on to Application Step 2. This is the fastest way to get your application submitted and processed.
If you have any questions or problems with the online application you can call 865-202-9428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you choose to print the application, you can mail it, fax it, or email it to us.
P.O. Box 30763 Knoxville, TN 37930 Fax: 865-851-8396 email@example.com
*Please note that you will not be contacted about your application until a decision has been made. Therefore, if faxing, please request a confirmation page. If you want to follow-up, please send an email if at all possible. Also note that it can take a few days to a few months to process the application due to delays in receiving medical records (records are requested within 1 business day of receiving an application).
After receiving your completed application, the medical release form is sent to your doctor along with a request for records. Once the records have been received, members of the Review Committee review your application. The Review Committee typically meets once a week. However, as our board is made up of all volunteers, there may be some weeks when they are not able to meet due to other commitments. After a decision has been made, you will receive a call. If you are approved for financial assistance, you will be asked to provide a copy of the bill(s) to which you want the money to go towards. Payments are sent to companies directly. If bills are not received within 30 days of approval, drivers must reapply and are not guaranteed the same assistance amount.
It can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to process the application. Delays are due to 1) an incomplete application, 2) delays in receiving medical records, 3) a lack of response from the applicant concerning questions, 4) an inability to reach the applicant due to a call block on their phone (we sometimes have to call from private numbers). Medical records are requested within 1 business day of receiving an application; however, many offices do not supply the records in a timely manner. We suggest that applicants call their doctor or hospital in advance, letting them know a release for medical records will be coming from the St. Christopher Fund, and ask that they send your records as soon as possible.
Assistance is provided for essential expenses (e.g., not cable, data packages on cell phone plans, motorcycle/boat payments, vacation homes, traffic tickets, etc). Assistance can be in the form of payment for medical services or prescription drugs, assistance with expenses (e.g. utilities, rent/mortgage, insurance) while recovering from illness and out of work, or negotiating price reductions with medical providers and hospitals.
We do not cover dental work, credit cards, pet care, funeral expenses, child support, gifts, transportation, bills deemed by the committee as unnecessary or excessive.
Unfortunately, most applicants’ medical bills greatly exceed our benefit amount. We will, however, send you information on how to negotiate your medical bills and get set up on a payment plan.
In order to ensure that the majority of our donations go towards applicants and not administrative costs, we have a very limited staff. Email is the best way to communicate with us. If you have internet access, please send us an email with any questions or concerns you may have. If you have applied and listed an email address on your application, please check your email every few days as this is the best way to communicate. Many times, we will be giving you a lot of information and this is more easily done through email or a letter vs. a telephone call.
- 211: This is a service provided by United Way. Call 211 from your local area code and they will give you phone numbers to local resources.
- Find your local Community Action Center: They will be able to help you with unemployment issues, heating/cooling help, as well as many other resources in your area.
- Assistance with bills: If you know you will be out of work and unable to pay your bills, immediately call your mortgage/car/credit card companies to explain the situation and ask for help (letters from your doctors help).
- Negotiating Medical Bills:
How to negotiate medical bills
- Prayer Requests
- Online Fellowship & Prayer Requests
- Jobs, Career Resources, Contacts
- Estimated Health Care Costs
- Trucking Information (including jobs, buying/selling trucks)
- Social Security Disability Information:
- Diabetes exemption application (FMCSA): www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/safetyprograms/Diabetes/diabetes-exemption-package0706.pdf
- FMCSA exemption programs (diabetes and vision): www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/medical/exemptions.htm
- Prescription Assistance Programs
Prescription assistance programs are available for many drugs when the individual is unable to afford the cost. This non-profit has links available to look up programs by state as well as where to find free clinics and other helpful resources.
- Sleep Study
Need a sleep study? Call Skip Williams for a deeply discounted, in-cab or in-home sleep study. 865-335-8740.
- CareCredit: Can’t afford medical or dental treatment? Apply for CareCredit to help: www.carecredit.com
- TransAlive USA: www.transalive.com. Helps meet the needs of the drivers and their families when they experience an accident, illness, heart attack or even death on the highway.
- Trucker Charity: a not-for-profit organization that helps with non-medical assistance: www.truckercharity.org
- Access Project: Need help negotiating and reducing medical bills? Try getting information from the Access Project: www.accessproject.org/mdrp.htm
- The Healthy Trucker: Great website to become a healthy trucker: find exercise, eating, money and lifestyle information here. www.thehealthytrucker.net
- Fit Click: Free diet plan and online weight loss program. www.fitclick.com
- Owner Operators and Independent Drivers Association: www.OOIDA.com
- Loved Ones and Drivers Support (L.O.A.D.S.): www.loads.org
- A vast number of resources and information for drivers:
- Truckers For A Cause/A.W.A.K.E.:
- Health Information for Drivers:
- American Truck Drivers Diabetes Association:
- Looking for a Job?:
- Need credit help?:
- Patient Advocate Foundation:
1-800-532-5274 This organization provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness. They also have an excellent data base to find additional assistance for in “your” area for illness or injury.
- Want to go to driving school?:
http://www.alltrucking.com You can find a school in any state!