Volunteer finds treasure in trash with Habitat For Humanity

Donated items recycled to raise money for homes

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - In just one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes.

7Everyday Hero Frank Medsker certainly does his part to recycle. He volunteers to find treasure in what may look like trash.

"It's just amazing what we throw away," said Medsker.

Medsker gives his time several days a week to pick through the yard at the Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The store sells donated household items -- everything from kitchen sinks, to doors, to lamps. The money raised helps Habitat for Humanity build homes.

"It helps people who otherwise wouldn't be able to own a home, to own a home," said Medsker.

Medsker earns Habitat cash and keeps things of out of the landfill by recycling the items no one wants to buy. That means separating copper wiring from old appliances, or aluminum from broken windows.

In the last year, Medsker has single handedly raised nearly $3,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

Before a life of saving stuff from the landfill, Medsker was in the business of saving souls.

"I spent 37 years or so as a Presbyterian minister," said Medsker.

He is guided by faith and a quote from George Bernard Shaw he keeps in his wallet:

"He says: 'I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.'  And I added, the more fun I have."

"He's full of energy, does all this work, and just a great blessing to have around," said Joe Kissell, General Manager, Fort Collins ReStore.

"I keep saying I keep going so I can keep going. The first of October I'll be 87 years old," said Medsker.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity go to www.Fortcollinshabitat.Org

Print this article Back to Top