WWAY, local businesses team up for Wheels for Hope
Not all of us are fortunate to have a car or a way to get from point A to point B. That is why WWAY started Wheels for Hope. It is an initiative to provide charities and other non-profit organizations with transportation. With the help of several local sponsors, WWAY was able to make our first donation.
“I would estimate that one percent of our guests have a car,” said Good Shepherd Center’s Scott Litten. “Maybe three or four percent have a bike.”
Now, the folks at the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington have a way to get around town. WWAY handed over the title and keys to a completely re-conditioned production van.
“We’re transporting our guests to the hospital, to medical appointments, to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Cape Fear Community College – so it’s very, very important for us to be able to accept this and pass it on for our guests’ use,” added Litten.
Several local business owners helped this project come together.
“We mechanically re-built the van here and we specialize in maintenance and care,” mentioned Loid Atkinson of Midas.
Upholstery 1 owner Elaine Walton said, “We put in a new carpet, did some work on the interior, fixed the headliner, and just kind of cleaned up the inside of the vehicle, so that it was useable.”
Cape Fear Sportswear donated 16 insulated jackets to keep people warm.
“This is one of our warmest jackets, so with the temperatures dropping the way they’ve been, we’re just glad to help out and be a part of the whole donation,” said Cape Fear Sportswear owner Dennis Smith.
The Good Shepherd Center, located on Martin Street in Wilmington, serves more than 100,000 meals every year and provides more than 36,000 overnight emergency beds. They welcome any donations, especially canned goods and winter clothing.
WWAY plans to continue Wheels for Hope for a different charity every year.
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