Anti-poverty group's activities stalled by truck crash
Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization is asking for the city's help in finding a new truck
A Fredericton non-profit organization is scrambling to find a way to deliver food and other donated items to low-income people after a recent vehicle accident.
The Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization has been around for 30 years and its members collect donations and deliver them to people in need.
The organization does not rely on government funding, instead it operates on the money it can collect from selling donated items.
An accident last week, which was caused by another vehicle, damaged the group's only truck beyond repair.
Dan Weston, the co-ordinator of the Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization, said he needs to find a new truck immediately.
The group can't pick up any goods or deliver anything without a vehicle. As well, the furniture that was supposed to be delivered to a family last Thursday is still sitting in the damaged truck.
Weston said he would like to see the City of Fredericton donate a half-ton truck to the organization.
"We impact a lot of families in this city and we have for a long, long time. If they would just, every three years let’s say or four years, make available a half-ton truck, the cheapest one, a regular cab, that’s all we need," he said on Wednesday.
Weston said he’s made this appeal in the past to Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside. But the anti-poverty activist said the mayor "doesn’t respond."
The group is in desperate need of a new truck.
An insurance company will be sending the anti-poverty organization a $2,000 cheque to cover the 1998 Chevrolet truck’s damages. But Weston that is not enough to buy a replacement vehicle.
"All we're looking for is a vehicle that will pass safety inspection and is working OK and doesn't suck us dry of the little bit of money we might have left," Weston said.
"We're willing to contribute the $2,000 of the money we got for the truck to that, if we can get a decent vehicle."
More goods are being donated on a daily basis and that is causing the group's facility to become packed with couches, desks and tables.
There are other families in the area that were hoping the organization could swing by their houses to pick up goods that could be used by other people.
Leanne Halliday is moving and she said she was hoping the group could save her items from the landfill.
"I have to be patient with him first, and see if he can find a way to come get it, or it has to go to the side of the road or to the trash," she said.