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Is there a program for repairing old lawn mowers and donating them to lower-income people?

Ken Little

Apparently not. There used to be such a program at Goodwill that taught small engine repair to clients, but that has been discontinued, spokeswoman Becky Lytle says.

“We accepted donations of things that needed to be repaired and trained them to go to work but we don’t do that anymore. Anything we accept for donations, we want it to be in good enough condition to be put right out on the sales floor,” Lytle says.

The same is true for the The Salvation Army. “We do not have a program to give lawn mowers to people in need. We do not have a lot of people who ask for lawn mowers,” Maj. Carolyn Mallard says. “We do see them from time to time and if it’s something minor, we fix it.”

The lawn mower is then sold unless the donor specifies it be given away, Mallard says.

New Hanover County Schools used to offer small engine repair classes to students, but the classes were discontinued, a district official says. Small engine repair classes are offered at Cape Fear Community College but “whether they have a need for the small engines, I’m not sure,” CFCC spokesman David Hardin says.

There are sometimes more people wanting to donate items in need of repair than students available to work on them, Hardin says.

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2 Responses to “ Is there a program for repairing old lawn mowers and donating them to lower-income people?”

  1. On August 8, 2009 at 7:56 am scrips wrote:

    there is a lawn mower repair shop on 421 between Shiloe and hwy 11 by penderlea (called American Mowers I believe ) he fixes and sells low cost used. He does great work. He is a Nam Vet. named JC

  2. On August 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm Thom Joyce wrote:

    I posted my question again before I read this response. I will pursue the American Motors suggestion. Every other large city I’ve lived in had a program. We’re very close to becoming a large city.

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