By Anna Skinner
Since opening approximately a year ago, an Indianapolis-based Junk King franchise owned by Fishers residents Julius and Jacqueline McQueen has participated in various giving back campaigns around the county. The business, which removes unwanted items from a household or business and recycles them, recently announced it would look into launching its own initiative later this year to aid the community.
Recently, the couple took part in various initiatives, such as helping Sotherby’s Real Estate collect items to give back to fire victims, and donating recycled items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the Julian Center. However, plans are now in place to launch Fill the Truck, the McQueen’s own initiative to give back to those in need in Hamilton County.
“It’ll be our own initiative. We will be going to local vendors and asking for donations and take our truck around and fill that truck up and disperse those items to homeless people, people with low income or people in the Hamilton County community that need those items,” Julius said.
Jacqueline said items will include nonperishable food, clothing and some furniture.
“We feel really fortunate to get into this business and have the opportunity to do this and run across so many people with so many needs,” Julius said. “It really touches our hearts, especially when we run into someone who is on a fixed income but needs something done. We know it’s a need out there, and we are touched by people who are in need, and we feel fortunate to be where we are. We really believe for every dollar we give out, we receive something in return.”
The Fill the Truck campaign is expected to begin around the 2017 holiday season.
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