TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® – Delivering Smiles Matters

Written by Gary Parisher, President of Cheeriodicals

At Cheeriodicals, we provide one-of-a-kind corporate team building activities for US and global corporations where their teams of 10 to more than 1,000 can come together to assemble “cheer-up” gift boxes to deliver in person to local children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses. Our business was born of the desire to connect corporations to team building “that matters” to delivering a dose of cheer and encouragement to hospitalized children and their families. Simply put, we deliver Big Green Boxes of Cheer to those that need a lift in spirits. 

Gary Parisher, President of Cheeriodicals, laughs with one tiny patient while she opens her box of joy.
Cory Johnston of ThermoFisher, laughs with one tiny patient while she opens her box of joy.

Managing the logistics of Cheeriodicals assembly, corporate team building, delivery to the hospital, coordination with media and so many other items in the process has been quite a challenge to say the least. The one component we struggled with the most was how to get the assembled Cheeriodicals from the team building activity safely and carefully delivered to the children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald House. For the first couple of hospital deliveries, we really didn’t have an ideal answer. We found local options, but nothing that had a national reach, nothing we could rely on consistently.Cheeriodicals team!

One day while driving in Birmingham, AL, I noticed a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® vehicle passing by. While we had used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in our own personal home move years ago, I was struck by the logo on the truck “Movers Who Care”. I thought, maybe they could assist our efforts, especially with a tagline like “Movers Who Care”.

We were preparing for one of our children’s events at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. I called the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office in Columbus and was routed to Carly Turcu to discuss this idea. As I shared our concept of corporate giving, the impact on hospitalized children, the process, Carly simply said “We’ll gladly pick up and deliver your 250 Cheeriodicals to Nationwide Children’s completely free of charge”. And the rest is history. Here are just a few of the many trademark TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® – Cheeriodicals photos to follow:

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Columbus with the Cheeriodicals Team!
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Columbus with the Cheeriodicals Team!
Cheeriodicals in Ohmaha, NE with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!
Cheeriodicals in Ohmaha, NE with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!
Cheeriodicals, St. Louis MO
Making an extraordinary impact in St. Louis, MO!
Cheeriodicals, Chicago IL
Helping to deliver Cheeriodicals boxes of joy in Chicago, IL!

Since that first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® delivery in Columbus, OH, we have partnered with the local office in each market we’ve delivered to children’s hospitals or Ronald McDonald Houses. We have now made more than 40 deliveries to children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses with the local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office leading the delivery.

It’s incredibly difficult to pick out what stands out most about our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® partnership because I could personally write a book about the value of this combined effort. That said, I’ll limit this to three areas:

Professionalism – Our business is all about putting together a corporate team building activity that is flawless from beginning to end. It’s about our customers experiencing what it means to really “give back” with their effort, their labor and that satisfaction of seeing a child and family struggling with a healthcare issue light up and forget their situation for a while.  It’s about witnessing magic up close and personal.

To create this experience, we are required to uphold the highest level of professionalism because delivery of gifts to a hospitalized child has to be perfect. That means our gifts, the way they are delivered, the safety required, the hospital interaction, everything has to be handled without error. Our delivery has to be beyond professional.

We have never, not one time, had anything less than professional service from the many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offices and their delivery teams. The trucks and equipment are always in excellent shape and super clean. We notice it and I can assure you the hospital staff notices it. They tell us time after time!

Consistency – In a perfect world, you can go into any franchise, anywhere in the country, and the product delivered meets the expectations to the highest levels. Well, that perfect world doesn’t really exist for most national businesses, except for Starbucks, Apple stores, come to mind in this hallowed ground for business excellence.

I can assure you that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has earned its stripes with regard to consistency across all the franchises we’ve worked with over the last four years. Our traveling events team has mentioned time after time how each interaction with each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office is so similar that we often are unable to distinguish those interactions. It’s not that we don’t remember the individuals we meet (we do!), it’s just that EVERYONE has been so consistently excellent. This consistency makes the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® component of our events planning the one part we can rest assured comes together without issue.

“Movers Who Care” is real – Rather than list all the reasons we know this is true (dozens we could share), I’ll share one example that highlights this value is absolutely real.  It’s an observation from my own personal experience, and something that others may not have noticed, but I did.

We were making a Cheeriodicals delivery to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team was led by Lauren Munson on that day in June in 2015. Comer Children’s Hospital invited Lauren and one of the delivery guys (dressed in his Truckie suit), to make a couple of deliveries to patients in their rooms, completely by surprise.

As a photo is worth a thousand words, one look at the photo that follows shows the emotional impact of this delivery on Lauren’s face. I watched Lauren (and Truckie) interact with this child and lift the child’s spirit.  What this photo doesn’t show, is Lauren leaving the room to escape into the hallway to shed tears, a mix of empathy for obvious reasons and joy for seeing this child in smiles. “Movers Who Care” can have multiple interpretations, but in this case, it was “Movers Who Care” the way we care.

Truckie and Lauren bringing joy to Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago, IL.
Truckie and Lauren bringing joy to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL.


Gary Parisher has been the President of Cheeriodicals since 2011. To learn more about Cheeriodicals, please visit

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® helping families in need this holiday season

Written by Claire Schneider

Giving back to the community is not only a Core Value we have posted on our walls, but a way of life at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. It started back when our founder, Mary Ellen Sheets, decided to donate her $1,000 of profit to 10 different local charities her first year in business. Since then we’ve continued looking for ways to give back to the communities in which we work and play. Not only do we give back to local charities, donate moves, and give 10 cents of every move to the American Cancer Society, we also have developed five programs unique to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Eight years ago Movers for Moms® was created to give back to local mothers in need on Mother’s Day. After seeing tremendous success with the program, we decided to develop additional programs to help families, veterans, and pets in need during the fall and holiday season.

Movers for Military

PrintVeteran’s Day is a time to honor the courageous men and women who have proudly served our country. Unfortunately many veterans are experiencing tough times and need the aid of local shelters and organizations to get back on their feet. As the “Movers Who Care®”, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® aims to provide critical assistance to local veterans in crisis with a program called Movers for Military – an effort to collect essential items that will be delivered to veterans living at local shelters during Veteran’s Day.

Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations partner with schools, businesses, and veterans’ shelters to begin collecting essential care items each fall and deliver them to the shelters the week of Veteran’s Day, November 11.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to the communities it is privileged to serve. Through the Movers for Military program, we hope to provide critical support to the brave men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms.

Movers for Meals

The fall season typically involves family and friend gatherings around a feast to give thanks. Unfortunately many families are unable to participate in this tradition. To help support local families facing hunger crises around the country, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations host the Movers for Meals food drive each fall. Movers for Meals runs each October and November and ends just before Thanksgiving. Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® outlets partner with schools, businesses, food pantries, and local shelters to collect non-perishable food items with the goal of putting more food on tables.

Movers for Mutts

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about our furry friends. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® developed Movers for Mutts in an effort to help local animal shelters support and foster stray animals. This program is hosted each fall and partners with local businesses, schools, and organizations to collect food, toys, and other essential items pets may need while living in local animal shelters.

Truckload of Warmth

PrintTruckload of Warmth is a program dedicated to supporting local shelters during the cold, sometimes unbearable, winter weather by collecting warm clothing including new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and anything needed to stay warm. This program is relatively new in the past few years and began with only a few locations throughout the country who wanted to support local shelters during the cold, winter months. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® partners with local schools, businesses, and organizations to collect these items each fall and donate them to local shelters in need.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we are very grateful to everyone who has donated to these programs and have allowed us help others in need. Contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location to learn how you can help your community.

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Movers for Moms® 2013 Results

Written by Claire Schneider

Movers For MomsThe Movers for Moms® program continues to grow year after year, and this year was no exception! We are very excited to announce the goal of 200,000 donated items has been exceeded with more than 205,000 items donated this year! We are so proud of our Movers for Moms® program that started just six years ago with 20 Michigan franchises and has blossomed to what it is today. This year we had more than 115 franchises participate and nearly 430 school partners.

A big thank you goes out to our PR partner, Lambert Edwards and Associates! They worked closely with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises and facilitated the coordination between local schools, shelters and media partners.

Be sure to watch this great video showcasing Movers for Moms® 2013 results!

“Our expectation is that more schools and community partners will seek to join Movers for Moms® in 2014 and beyond!” – LE&A Senior Director Joe DiBenedetto.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Movers for Moms® program!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gives Back to the Community

This month at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we have focused on our core value of giving back to the community.  Whether it’s donating a move or raising money for a good cause, we believe in supporting our communities and helping people move forward.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has not only seen success with the annual Movers for Moms® program, but we are excited about the $2 million worth of moving services we donated this year. There is nothing better than knowing we made a difference in the communities around us.

Franchisee Jason Judson

One of our franchise owners Jason Judson from St. Louis, Mo., said it best:

“Our community is the reason we wake up every day and come to work. If it wasn’t for our community, we would not have a thriving business and be able to employ so many great people.”

You don’t need to be a part of a big company to be able to give back to your community. Here are some great ideas of how to give back:

  • Donate clothing: One of the easiest ways to give back is to donate clothing you are no longer using. We all have those pieces of clothing pushed way back in our closet that has not seen the light of day in some time. Instead of just leaving it there to collect dust, take it to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill. Just remember to make sure they are washed before you donate them; it will be much appreciated!
  • Volunteer: Many people cringe when they hear the word volunteer, but it doesn’t have to be something boring or dirty. Instead, think of your skills and what you have to offer (we are all good at something!). If you are athletic, look into volunteering at one of your local community centers to teach kids about sports or check out your local Humane Society and see if they need someone to play with the animals or walk the dogs. If you are more on the artistic side, call a nursing home to see if they would like to have a musician come in and play music for everyone.
  • Send greetings: So many people are having a hard time and just need some cheering up. A fun and easy thing to do is to work with a shelter and make cards for the kids there. This will be an encouraging and positive moment they will remember for days to come. You could also include something small and fun like stickers with your card. There are also programs like, which provide a simple way to just say thank you to our troops. It may seem small and simple but it means a lot to them.

These are just a couple of things you can do to get involved and support your community. Check out these great pictures from some of the charity events the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system has recently been part of.

Clumbus Holiday Donation

Movers for Moms

Movers for Moms

Movers for Moms

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Charitable Franchise Spotlight

Compiled by: the Movers Who Blog team

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would like to recognize our office in Flint, Michigan for their charitable contribution in November of 2011. Residents from a local apartment community were forced to evacuate with only five days’ notice. The Flint location received the call and offered two trucks to help move the remaining residents without hesitation.

Click here to read the full story written by the Flint Journal.

A recent story we would like to recognize is about the efforts of the Panama City franchise. The location offered their assistance collecting supplies for survivors of the January 23, 2012 tornados that ripped through the state of Alabama.

Click here to read the full story written by the Panama City, FL local ABC affiliate.

Community service has been an important to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® since the very beginning, and still is today.  In fact, the first $1,000 made by the company was donated to ten different charities. Charity is such a huge part of our culture that we created our own charitable giving program – Movers for Moms®. The goal of Movers for Moms® is to collect and deliver gifts for mothers living in women’s shelters on Mother’s Day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® also helps in the fight against cancer by donating 10 cents of every move to the American Cancer Society. Ten cents may not seem like very much, but in 2011 our customers helped us contribute more than $345,219 from our system.

Other charities franchises work with on a local level includes Move For Hunger, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Toys For Tots and many, many others throughout the country.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® even has a Humanitarian Award that is given to an exceptional franchise in the system annually. This award is presented in recognition of its community actions throughout the past year.

Movers For Moms