Our city is so full of hometown heroes, it never ceases to amaze me. One of our local nonprofits is in the news this week -- doing great things for Anoka County residents.
In case you’ve never heard of it, Cars for Neighbors is a local Blaine nonprofit organization that was previously known as Free to Be – but they changed their name in September to better reflect the organization’s mission.
Cars for Neighbors gives cars and auto repair services to Anoka County folks in need and this week, it will give away its 900th car. It will go to a lady with a 4-year-old who typically takes the bus to work every day. It takes her two hours to get there and two hours to get home. Imagine if she lived in the northern part of Anoka County where bus service is limited.
Those that sign up for the program are asked to take a class on how to budget money as well as one on vehicle maintenance.
What I love about this organization is the unsung community heroes who turn out to help. Local auto parts companies, such as John’s Auto Parts on Central, offer reduced prices on the parts needed to get the cars running, 15 auto repair businesses, such as Blaine Quality Automotive and Tire and Northstar Auto Body and Glass on 108th Lane NE, do the work.
But talk about “unsung!” Twice a month Cars for Neighbors holds Care Care Saturdays on which mechanics show up to repair the donated vehicles – AT NO CHARGE.
Now if men and women can give of their livelihood for free certainly you and I can help too. Cars for Neighbors takes all cars, trucks, boats and RVs, running or not. Don’t have a car to give? I do believe they also accept cash donations.
If you do nothing else, please go to the organization’s website, click on “Supporters” and when you patronize those businesses, thank them for helping our community be a better place for all of us.