TYLER (KYTX) - Earth Day was Tuesday, but Habitat for Humanity is encouraging people to make Earth Day every day of the year through its Cars for Homes program. By recycling your car, you can help Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes for East Texans in need.
All you have to do is call Habitat for Humanity International, and someone will come pick up your car. The car or car's materials are auctioned off or recycled. All proceeds go to your local Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity of Smith County has helped many people buy new, affordable homes over the years, like Cheresa Monmouth, who became the 100th owner of a Habitat home last Thanksgiving.
"And, it's all for my family, for me."
A blessing for her and her daughter, Nikeisha.
"We finally have a home to say that's ours. And, we don't have to depend on anybody else."
Sometimes, it's not building an entirely new home, but maybe repairing an old one to make it safer.
"It makes us feel good."
That's what Habitat has been doing for Joyce and Terry Cuba since February.
"We thank God for them and home they continue." says Terry.
"We are always looking for ways to raise funds in order to help folks have a decent place. And, a decent and safe place." says director of development, Deanna Harrison.
She says one way you can do that and help our environment at the same time is by recycling your unwanted vehicles.
"It could be cars, trucks, boats, farm equipment, lawn mowers. I mean, anything that originally ran. It does not have to run now. It can be broken down. That's fine. We will still take those donations."
She says the money collected from those will help our neighbors in East Texas.
"Those we help- they're always so incredibly appreciative."
Harrison says helping others in need is a team effort.
"It takes all of us working together to take care of the folks in need, in our community."
And, she says the need in East Texas is much bigger than people realize.