Floyd grad starts mission to help needy with transportation

A Floyd High graduate has started a ministry to help needy families better navigate their lives.

Noel Hunt, a wife and mother of one, started Wheels of Love, a program that provides vehicles to families who need transportation but can’t afford it.

Hunt, who now lives in Farwell, said she got the idea after placing an ad to help a friend find a vehicle. The ad asked for a donation. A couple from Conchas contacted her and drove three hours to pay for the vehicle and provided extra money for registration.

“The idea just popped into my head,” Hunt said. “When I say that I mean God put the idea in my head. This is all God, I’m just being used.”

Hunt said after she began the program in late January, she learned why God called her to her mission.

“There is a huge need for it in this area,” she said.

Hunt is also interested in using donated money to fix up vehicles that needy families own but can’t afford to fix. She said of the 50 applications she has received, about 15 of them have indicated that the family needs help fixing up a vehicle. Hunt said she chooses a family based on need and can’t wait to get more cars to help more families. She has one vehicle that needs tires and air conditioning repairs.

Transportation is important, she said.

“How are people going to get a job if they have no car to get there? What if their child is sick and they can’t get to the doctor?” Hunt said.

Applications for assistance are available at the Matt 25 Hope Center. Executive Director Steve Reshetar said the issue of transportation is often mentioned when people come to the center for help.

“It’s a huge need in the community,” Reshetar said. “This is a wonderful asset.”

Thus far, the program has helped five families. Hunt has given one vehicle and paid for service for four other cars. Hunt is now looking for mechanics to donate their services, cash donations for buying parts, gas cards and registration, donation vehicles, car parts and tow truck services.

Hunt is also working on getting tax-exempt status.

The only requirement that Hunt has for her services is that the person receiving the help has to write a letter telling the donor how they changed their lives.

“That does so much,” she said. “That’s the reward that they get.”

Gary Danner, 52, donated a vehicle and almost $700 to the program.

“I see her heart for this ministry,” Danner said. “And it’s a worthwhile endeavor. The Bible says ‘To whom much is given, much will be required,’ and I’ve been blessed.”

The Clovis man said there are a lot of people who just need the help.

“There’s a lot of people who are really trying to better themselves and they just need transportation to and from work or to and from school,” he said. “It’s a wonderful thing.”