About a year and a half ago a few of us started an automobile donation and recycling charity called Scrap Cars not Kids.
My wife and I were working in a student ministry where we got a first hand look at child trafficking (exploitation) within our own community. It was a small glimpse into a huge issue that we, at the time, knew little about. In that same season we met a family who had spent the last three and half years working in Thailand (Falls family) in an epicenter of sexual slavery among children.
Our eyes were opened to an issue that we knew we had to do something about, so we took my industrial skilled background and wove it together with a cause and we came up with this great idea.
We would launch a charity that raised awareness of the issue and then took automobiles and other forms of recyclable metals and turned it into support for different projects being run by a few other organizations who already have a strong presence both locally and abroad. To date we have supported a few but this is one of our favorites www.ratanak.org.
From concept to operational is where the first year was focused. There was a website and social media to think about launching, then the obvious workings of a charity and the right systems in place… it’s been a lot of work! Yet we seem to be flying into a new day and the pace is picking up.
Just these last few days there were three cars donated and we’re beginning to work with auto wreckers who will pay more than scrap value for the newer cars. The more businesses we work with the more people we get to tell about what we are doing and obviously the more money is raised for the causes we support.
Scrap Cars not Kids is being show cased in a number of community events coming now this Summer, you can follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/scrapcarsnotkids/