On the face of it, prominent local moving company Two Men and a Truck might sound like kind of a fly-by-night operation – a couple of burly, unshaven guys in a rickety old van who might or might not understand that your priceless possessions are, to you, really priceless.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Two Men and a Truck is a national franchise founded in Michigan in 1980. For the past 20 years, its Lowcountry affiliate, based in North Charleston, has been ably headed by the husbandand- wife team of Chris and Christine Swanson.
It’s a one-stop shop for everything a residential or commercial move might require, and it operates locally, within South Carolina and throughout the United States. The company’s first rule is integrity and the proof of that is reflected in its customer ratings. Virtually all their respondents rated their service a 5 out of 5, and the tiny remainder never dipped below a 4.
Two Men and a Truck also stands by what the company calls “The Grandma Rule,” which means they treat everyone the way you would want your grandmother to be treated.
Two Men and a Truck is a well-established business with a history of handling moves with the utmost professionalism and care. It’s what happens when a company isn’t on the job strictly for financial gain. Throughout the year, but especially around the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays, their staff and their vehicles are on the road providing much-needed assistance to a host of Lowcountry not-for-profits.
One of those is The Salvation Army, celebrating its 110th year serving the Charleston area. According to the Army’s Major Thomas Richmond, “They help us all year round, and their biggest contribution is their help with the annual Angel Tree Parade we put on with MUSC.”
The major said Two Men and a Truck provides invaluable assistance in loading and transporting the Christmas gifts collected by the medical university’s personnel to the North Charleston Coliseum and unloading them to make them ready for their needy recipients.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” Richmond added. “That’s not all. Throughout the year, whenever we might call on them for help, they are there for us.”
Ronald McDonald House is another charity that relies on Two Men and a Truck. Among the services that the Swansons provide is delivering and unloading all their holiday decorations, then returning to load and remove them after the first of the year.
Two men and a Truck also assists Wando High School in its annual fundraising drive and has been a soft touch for help and sponsorship of numerous recreational league teams from Hanahan to Fort Dorchester and beyond.
Four years ago, when Hurricane Sandy devastated large portions of the New Jersey shore, their trucks rolled to points as far afield as Hilton Head to pick up and deliver needed essentials such as water and clothing.
Add in the work that Two Men and a Truck does year in and year out without fanfare for other organizations, including Lowcountry food banks, Water Missions International and more, and a picture emerges of a business that truly believes in community service.
And, it turns out, they actually don’t just have two men and they have way more than one truck!
To learn more about Two Men and a Truck, call 843-242-7444 or visit www.twomenandatruck.com.
by Bill Farley