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Donate Your Car To Help Kids

February 9, 2011
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Not too long ago I wrote a post about the size of the box that was used to ship an item that was no bigger than a quarter. I mentioned that because I was a Republican I didn’t get into the whole green movement, it was a tongue-in-cheek comment as you can see by reading the comments on that article. In the comments Tarheel challenged me by asking me this:

Wait! It’s in the Republican rule book that you can’t be concerned with “Green” issues? Does that mean you don’t have any interest in reducing dependence on foreign oil, or finding ways to reduce the material being hauled into landfills?

I honestly don’t understand Republican opposition to the idea of Global Warming. It’s pretty much a fact, given the data that’s been collected. While the cause is not certain, reducing those emissions that theoretically could contribute doesn’t seem all that unreasonable to me. But I’m funny that way.

and I went on to tell him that indeed I do recycle but I forgot to mention that I once donated a car to charity.

We have all seen the billboards that say donate cars for kids and I suspect many of us glance up at them and then drive on and forget about it. Last years ‘cash for clunkers’ rebate really hit charities who accept donated cars hard. Car donation is really very easy but if you don’t know how to donate your car you might not think about doing it. And you should because when you donate your car it gets sold for the highest value possible and then those proceeds are used to help kids who go without. Most places will even tow your non working car away for free and you get to write it off on your taxes. It’s a win-win all the way around.

I donated my ex husband’s van to our local fire department. It was during our divorce and he didn’t want the vehicle for reasons only he understands. I didn’t need the van but I had to get it off the property we were selling at the time. Because our divorce was rather nasty he refused to move it, he just gave it to me and made it my problem. So when the fire department mentioned they took vehicles for donation I was all over it. Imagine my surprise, and my ex husband’s, to learn that the van actually worked (though it really was in bad shape) and that the fire department was going to use it to train fire fighters about putting out car fires. I got to donate something, I got the write off and I got to watch my soon to be ex husband’s van set on fire. It was cathartic to say the least.

While I don’t recommend that everyone donate their cars in the hopes that someone lights them on fire I do hope that anyone with an old vehicle considers donating it for kids. It can do a world of good.

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  • Reply Comedy Plus February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Oh I love the van story. A. Lot. Bwahahahahahahaha.

    I’m a republican and I believe that we need to take care of mother earth. The green movement is for some to get rich. That’s happened. If you remember in the 80s we were going to have another ice age. It didn’t happen. So global warming just doesn’t do it for me. Climate is cyclical. It always has been and it always will be.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  • Reply moooooog35 February 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Just remember, if you’re in a lease, this is probably a bad bad idea.

  • Reply Anne February 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    That car donation definitely sounds like a win/win. I have to imagine that the most satisfying thing was seeing it set on fire. Especially if they put a photo of your ex into the driver’s seat before lighting the fire.

  • Reply Pricilla February 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Bwahahaha, watching his car burn.

    But yes, they do make excellent training exercises. So says the hubby.

  • Reply Jayne February 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Way to pull this together. Good job. And there are lots of different types of charities to choose from who take donated cars.

  • Reply Thomas C. February 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I pass by a Kars for Kids billboard every day on my way to work, and then I get that damned jingle stuck in my head and it makes me want to jab myself in the carotid artery with a salad fork.

    Here. Click this, so that I’m not suffering alone.

    Also “Kars for Kids” What are they–run by white supremacists?

  • Reply Linda R. February 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks for this information. I have a non-running car that I could possibly donate.

  • Reply meleahrebeccah February 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Getting to witness your ex husband’s van set on fire? = Totally-Super-Awesome!

  • Reply babs (beetle) February 10, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I’ve never heard of it, so I guess it’s only in America. We get part exchange for our old cars. If you’re going to buy a car, the dealer gives you money for your old banger in order to clinch the deal.

  • Reply Marie Andriessen Cooper February 10, 2011 at 2:36 am

    That is a GREAT story. It would have been even better if he had been in it, but I guess you take what you can get.

    I wonder if now it is time to tell the story about how my daughter’s abandoned car caused ME to get arrested?

  • Reply cardiogirl February 10, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Man, that has to be the best divide-up-the-assets divorce story I’ve ever heard. I would have L-O-V-E-D to watch that car burn in effigy. But I do have issues with grudges.

    We actually donated one car to Mother Waddles since it was worth next to nothing and it was trying to commit suicide. No clue what they did with it but we were so relieved when it was gone.

  • Reply Rachele February 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I almost donated a car once that was considered “totaled” by the insurance company… but then someone offered me $800 for it. I would so donate an exes car if I could watch it burn!

  • Reply livelaughloveliquor February 11, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I loved the idea of your ex’es car burning! SWEET!

    I’ve donated to KARS4KIDS and at the time they gave us a voucher for a free weekend hotel stay and a nice write off as well.

  • Reply Ferd February 11, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Yep, I’m a green Republican, too.

    But I have never understood the Cars for Kids idea. I mean… kids can’t even drive. It just doesn’t make sense to me as a fund raising idea. – But donating the old clunker van to the firefighters made good sense. What a riot that you got to watch it burn. I bet you pictured him in it, didn’t you. Didn’t you! 😉

  • Reply Judy Page February 11, 2011 at 4:37 am

    There are plenty of charities that accepts car donation, these charities are using the donated car as a vital source of funds for their project to help people who are in needs. Did you know that upon donating your car you could even get a tax deduction.

    Judy Page,
    Car Donation
    Make a Wish Foundation

  • Reply If I Were God... February 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm

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