Facebook post inspires company to replace YMCA’s stolen truck




Posted on May 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 3:12 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A company has donated a truck to the YMCA in North Spokane after one was stolen and totaled in January.

An employee at TransCanada saw KREM 2 News’ story in March on Facebook and decided to help out.

The truck was stolen back in January and the person who took it went on a joy ride and totaled it.

READ:N. Spokane YMCA truck stolen and totaled

The non-profit used the truck to help bring equipment in on a regular basis. They did not have the funding to buy a new or used truck after it was stolen. The organization began sharing a truck with another location.

TransCanada is a company that supplies natural gas to the Spokane area.

Employees saw that the YMCA needed help and they donated a truck to the non-profit.

"She came across the story on the KREM Facebook page about the YMCA needing a truck,” said YMCA Facilities Director Alicia Young.

An employee with Avista Utilities also saw the post and donated a van to the YMCA. 

"It was amazing, really just the generosity of this community,” said Young.

"For the Y to have this need and for us to be able to fill that need, it really came together just perfectly,” said Verlyn Bailly with TransCanada.

TransCanada employees said they would have put the truck up for auction like they do with all their cars they no longer have use for if they had not heard of the YMCA’s need for one.

The van and truck were to both be used at all Spokane area YMCA facilities.