Woman Gets Truck Thanks To Church Program

For one Kilgore woman, driving to work and running errands is something she looks forward to these days. That's because she now has a vehicle to get around in, thanks to a Kilgore church. The First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore runs a program called Covenant Cars, which helps people in need of transportation, by providing them with a donated vehicle.

Brigitte Anderson, a native of Germany, has never owned a car. The 44-year-old mother of two had to walk to work.  She relied on friends and neighbors to run her errands. Friday, the Missions Ministry Team with First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore changed that. "It was the most exciting thing that I've been involved with in a long time," said Barbara Kiser, a member of the Mission Ministry Team.

The church's Covenant Cars programs takes donated vehicles, then finds people, who are in need of transportation. In this case, Martin Resource Management Corporation donated the 1999 GMC truck. The vehicle was one of several the company planned to replace from its fleet. "I think everywhere thee are people in need that we don't know about and this was an opportunity to do that," said Martin Resource Management Corporation Chief Operating Officer Don Neumeyer.

Brigitte says the truck was more than she hoped for. "I didn't think it was going to be that nice. I didn't expect nothing like that," she said.

The Covenant Cars program has provided eight people with vehicles since it began in 2000. If you would like help the program, you can call the First Presbyterian Church at 984-1502.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com