Habitat in need of box truck donation

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published April 26, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A local nonprofit organization, well-known for helping build homes for those in need, is presently in need itself. 

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity is looking for someone to donate a 12-foot box truck for its ongoing deconstruction needs.

Macomb Habitat President and CEO Helen Hicks said the need is critical.

“Macomb Habitat has a Deconstruction Program that allows us to go into a home or business, remove all of the items in a bathroom or kitchen, and bring those items back to the ReStore for sale so we can build more homes,” Hicks said in a prepared statement. “Those items are transported in a truck — one that we simply do not have.”

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity has one 24-foot truck that is used by the ReStores for picking up assorted furniture items from donors across Macomb County. 

Rob Johnson, chief operating officer at Macomb Habitat, said he’s getting concerned about their current situation. 

“We are in a transition year,” he said. “We have a new ReStore, one fairly new truck for furniture pickups and deliveries, and a tight budget. Without a donation of a used box truck for our Deconstruction Program, we may not be able to keep the program intact.”

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1993. Since then, the organization has provided 143 families with a home in 12 Macomb County communities. It also operates two ReStores: one in Warren and one in Mount Clemens.

Hicks said they will accept any truck that is functional and in good repair. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information on how to donate, call Briana Koehn at (586) 263-1540, ext. 119, or email her at bkoehn@macombhabitat.org.