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D.C. Area Ministry to Receive Much-needed Truck Donation

Published on 06/25/14

CHARLOTTE, N.C. [June 25, 2014] — From behind the seat of his waste truck, one man saw an immense need in the Washington, D.C. area. Hungry families, shivering children, homeless men and women: These are the sights Arnold Harvey daily experienced in 2007 and acted upon with small feats of kindness until founding God’s Connection Transition alongside his wife, Theresa. The nonprofit organization provides food and clothing to individuals in need across the Washington, D.C. area, today serving more than 5,000 families, including many homeless.

But as the needs increase throughout the region, the needs for the nonprofit – based in Gaithersburg, Md. – increase as well. Earlier this year, God’s Connection Transition announced via social media a campaign to raise funds and purchase a box truck for collecting various goods from partnered grocers and retailers. Unfortunately, the campaign fell short of its goal. Wastequip – a leading manufacturer of waste and recycling equipment – heard this story and stepped in to meet this lingering nonprofit’s need.

Recognizing this unmet goal, the rapid growth of the organization and the vast community service daily completed by a fellow member of the waste management field, Wastequip – in partnership with one of its dealers, Rush Truck Centers – emerged to aid God’s Connection Transition with the vehicle its 2014 campaign aimed to purchase.

On July 1, at the Gaithersburg warehouse from which the nonprofit operates, Wastequip and Rush Truck Centers will officially hand over the keys to a Peterbilt model box truck to Harvey and God’s Connection Transition.

“This truck will help Arnold, Theresa and their team in their work to help people throughout the Washington, D.C. area obtain the very basics so many of us take for granted,” said Amy Wright, VP marketing for Wastequip. “We’re proud that Wastequip and Rush Truck Centers can offer this small token to this organization.”

Wastequip invites media to attend a press event for the official donation on Tuesday, July 1. The event will be hosted at the God’s Connection Transition warehouse, 8617 Ziggy Lane in Gaithersburg, Md., at 10 a.m. Harvey will be available for questions as well as Wastequip’s mobile division president, John Defenbaugh.

In recent weeks, Harvey was named to Fortune’s Heroes of the 500, recognized for his “remarkable acts of goodness” assisting thousands of families throughout the nation’s capital. Notes the article, “No question the term fits Arnold Harvey to a tee.”

Wastequip and Rush Truck Centers executives agree.

Said Rusty Rush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Rush Enterprises, Inc., “Arnold is truly a hero for the entire D.C. metro area. The men, women and children of this region are lucky he recognized this growing need and swiftly acted to help as many people as possible every single day. We are pleased to work with Wastequip in support of this worthy organization.” 

Added Wastequip’s Wright, “Arnold is a man who will make you feel honored and humbled to know him. He accepts no praise for his actions, working tirelessly by day and spending his free hours giving back to the community. God’s Connection Transition is making a true difference.”

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