Every time you see a loaded log truck on the highways, you’re seeing another donation to support children’s hospitals.

The Log A Load For Kids campaign, started in 1988 by the South Carolina Forestry Association in cooperation with the Children’s Miracle Network, has since spread to over 30 other states, raising millions of dollars to aid children’s hospitals.

Participating logging contractors and other members of the forestry community donate the value of a truckload of logs to a children’s hospital in their community or participate in related fund-raising projects. One hundred percent of the donation goes to help children — no money is deducted for administrative costs.

At the recent Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show at Starkville, Miss., Stacy Benefield and Celia Holloman, Mississippi Loggers Association, were selling T-shirts, caps, and other items to support the charity.

Since 1994, the Mississippi Loggers Association has been a benefactor of the Children’s Hospital Network, through the Log-A-Load for Kids program that includes equipment auctions and other fund-raising activities.

“We’re really proud of the contributions our members have made to this worthwhile cause,” Benefield said.

From 1994 through 2011, the Blair Batson Center for Children at the University Medical Center, Jackson, Miss., had received $912,814 from the.

Since the Mississippi Loggers Association began sponsoring the Log A Load for Kids program in 1994, contributions to the Jackson hospital have been a benefit to the more than 70,000 young Mississippians that come to that hospital each year for treatment.