By Cecilia Nasmith
Habitat For Humanity Northumberland had its request granted by Northumberland County council when, at their March meeting, they voted to donate a decommissioned ambulance for Habitat's use.
Habitat executive director Meaghan Macdonald made the request in January, explaining that this would be the second surplus ambulance they have received. The long vehicles that once transported patients “provides the room and storage required in order to meet the diverse needs of delivering our construction and renovation programs in the county,” Macdonald wrote
“A second ambulance will truly help us to increase our capacity to take on multiple projects at once, allowing us to increase our capacity to take on multiple projects at once, allowing us to increase our output and impact in the community.”
Macdonald thanked the county for the ambulance they received in 2016.
“At the time, we were in desperate need of a vehicle to support our home-building program across the county,” she wrote.
“To date, we have partnered with 79 local families to help them either achieve or maintain affordable homeownership in the seven communities across our county. The decommissioned ambulance that we received has been the perfect vehicle to meet our unique needs and,, ultimately, has helped us support more families across Northumberland County.”
As the county has a bylaw that permits the donation of surplus assets, including retired ambulances, the motion was made – and carried - to grant the request.