A beloved bus goes the extra mile




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By Woody
Kees, Cars for Homes donor

On behalf of my congregation, the Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, Virginia, I donated our old church bus to Habitat for Humanity through the Cars for Homes program.

“Old Blue,” as we called her, was an International 40-passenger, diesel-powered school bus with more than 230,000 miles on her. She was well-loved and put to good use during her lifespan, as she helped our church members travel long distances for service trips safely and comfortably. Our church members converted her into this cozy traveling bus that boasted reclining high-back seats and underbelly and overhead storage compartments.

As the years passed, our church’s travel needs changed. We didn’t need such a large vehicle as “Old Blue.” Our service trips, putting faith into action, are now targeted for shorter distances, with a more local focus.

I donated “Old Blue” through Cars for Homes because our church has been involved with Habitat for many years. We were confident that the funds generated from the bus would go to good use. Our church regularly takes Global Village trips, tending to focus on areas with great housing needs and often areas recovering from natural disasters. Many of our members also build locally with Habitat NOVA. Youth from Messiah volunteer each year at Habitat’s ReStore, and many of our church members donate appliances, kitchen cabinets, sinks, etc. And as part of our Urban Plunge Mission project, 40 youth and leaders donate their spring break time to Habitat.

“Old Blue” just keeps on giving. A month or so ago, we received a letter from Habitat stating that the bus sold at auction and the proceeds have been sent to our local affiliate. On behalf of our church, we offer blessings to Habitat for all the great things this organization does on behalf of our community, our nation and around the world.