Vehicle donations and K-9 Officers.

 

Some of the vehicles that are donated are sold at auctions, some are used for parts, and some are used to help train K-9 units?!

You always hear about vehicle donations or donating your car to charity, but sometimes we just have to share some really amazing stories that we come across. One of our auto recyclers help out by allowing their state and local police department to train the K-9 units with the vehicles. The K-9 officers train by placing drugs or paraphernalia in a vehicle and having the K-9 dogs sniff them out. This allows for them to be more accurate and faster at what they do. Which in turn, helps the community by keeping these types of things off of the street.

By Michael Pereckas - Flickr: Police Dog, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21240516

Photo By Michael Pereckas – Flickr: Police Dog, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21240516

It is always nice to know that your car donation is helping. Whether it is helping the ASPCA take in an animal in need, the North Shore Animal League save an animal, or even if it is your favorite radio station that you want to help. Your donation helps! You are helping raise funding for your favorite charity so they are able to continue doing what they set out to do. If you are interested in checking out some of the charities that you can help, you can click here.

To learn more about what K-9 officers do click here. 

 

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

Teri, one of our terrific employees at Advanced Remarketing Services, shared a presentation with us that was focused on The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI has touched the life of her and her family and touchs the lives of many others every day. When you donate your car to NAMI, you are helping them and those that they help as well. Your vehicle donation can provide someone with much needed help, whether it be someone who is suffering with a mental illness or a family member.

A message from Teri:

For those of you who don’t know, doing research on NAMI is very dear to my heart. My daughter was in a severe motor vehicle head on collision two years ago, and is struggling with a mental disorder related to that trauma, no one understands what causes the brain to do what it does. It is very difficult for me however to see her struggle.  I know that one day she will become the Jennifer that we are fighting so hard to bring back. NAMI is one of those charities that I look forward to contacting to help me through this difficult time as NAMI understands the effects of Mental Illness.

~Teri

 

A little insight…

NAMI helps millions of Americans that are affected by mental illness and their families. They are dedicated to helping make better lives for people who have been affected, or are affected by mental illnesses. They help educate individuals, families, and educators to ensure they have all of the information and support they need.  NAMI advocates for people with mental illness and their families by shaping the national public policy. They provide people with the resources, tools and skill that they need in order to save mental health in all states. NAMI has a toll free helpline that allows them to listen to and personally respond to hundreds of thousands of requests annually. They provide free referrals, information and support. NAMI leads events to raise public awareness, such as: NAMIWalks and Mental Awareness Week.

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NAMI was started in 1979 by a small group of families while gathered around a kitchen table, and now, they are the nations leading voice on Mental Health. The National Alliance on Mental Health relies on donations to help spread awareness, and to help those in need of assistance. How does your donation help you might ask?

Donating your vehicle to NAMI helps ensure that no one is alone in this fight!  Your car donation can help change the lives of patients and their families.

If you would like to donate your car, truck, van, boat or airplane to NAMI please click here.

If you want to read in depth as to what NAMI does and how to help, please click here.

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Holocaust Stamp Project: Foxborough RCS & CDW

We were lucky enough to have been able to go to the Foxborough Regional Charter School to see the Holocaust Stamp Project Event.

They had a guest speaker Michael Joukowsky. Michael Joukowsky is the President of Crawford High Performance Composites Ltd., specializing in composite technology and design. He is also the co-founder and manager of Resolute Racing Shells, Ltd. in Bristol Rhode Island.  He manages several private investment companies involved in acquisitions and mergers, real estate and mortgage acquisition, as well as a private family investment and advisory firm. From 1987 to 2015 Michael has been a member of the Brown University Adjunct Faculty, Engineering Department. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and African-American studies from Brown University and a MBA from Babson College. He discussed his families’ life and had talked about the struggles they went threw. He also spoke about the movie Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War (which is narrated by Tom Hanks) to read more about the movie click here: http://www.uusc.org/updates/this-fall-pbs-documentary-about-uuscs-founders

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After Michael Joukowsky had finished his speech, we were able to create a little tiny stamp person that will be used on the “I Am the Last Witness” collage. It was amazing to be able to be a part of something so moving. Our company contributes many stamps to them, we don’t have an exact count sadly, but we can say it is at least a few boxes full. Their goal is to collect 11,000,000 stamps. Their reason for such a high number is to honor the six million Jews and Five million other victims who perished during the Holocaust. The school uses these stamps to help teach children as well, so they serve a multipurpose. They also explain to the children that every stamp they touch represents a person’s life. That alone makes you realize how many people perished during the holocaust.

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Now for the collages…

Each collage has a story behind it. They are all equally moving and they all have meaning. Some of these are still ideas and have not been created yet, but they are all done by students of all ages. You can either browse our photos here or take a peak at theirs by clicking here.

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As of April 7, 2016, they have collected 7,102,027 stamps. These stamps will be a part of 18 collages. They have received stamps from all over the world, including: USA, Canada, Israel, England, and Australia. ~http://www.foxboroughrcs.org

Here is what just under 7,102,027 stamps looks like.

 

Holocaust Stamp Project Stamps

“Our goal is not only to honor the memories the 11 million Holocaust victims, but also to celebrate the lives of those who still survive today and bravely share their powerful personal memories and stories. PLEASE KEEP SAVING STAMPS! If possible, TRIM to just outside the perforation and/or include a COUNT of how many stamps you are donating.  We welcome donations of used, damaged, or new stamps and unwanted stamp collections from individuals as well as clubs, businesses, churches and synagogues, and philatelists.”  http://www.foxboroughrcs.org

If you would like to send stamps to help them reach their goal of 11 million, you can send them to:

Holocaust Stamp Project
Foxborough Regional Charter School
131 Central Street, Foxboro, MA 02035
jdroste@foxboroughrcs.org

 

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Earth Day 2016 #DirtySockChallenge

For Earth Day 2016 we decided to do something fun for Earth Day. We saw a challenge online called the Dirty Sock Challenge so we decided to test it out.

How the #DirtySockChallenge works is:

  • Have a new white sock.
  • Place it on the tailpipe of your vehicle.
  • Start your vehicle and let it run for one minute.
  • Remove the sock from the tailpipe (be careful it could be warm).
  • Turn the sock inside out so you can see what your vehicle is releasing into the environment.
  • The employee with the dirtiest sock gets a prize. (example: a free tuneup).

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We did this challenge because our vehicles have an impact on the environment. In America, one of our biggest air pollutants are from our vehicles. Typically between 80-90% of a vehicles impact on the environment is from the fuel it consumes and the emissions it puts out. Automobiles cause air pollution and greenhouse gases that have an impact on global warming, and our health.

According to the National Geographic,

Vehicles are America’s biggest air quality compromisers, producing about one-third of all U.S. air pollution. The smog, carbon monoxide, and other toxins emitted by vehicles are especially troubling because they leave tailpipes at street level, where humans breathe the polluted air directly into their lungs.

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The winner of the #DirtySockChallenge is Brytanie!

We hope our intent of this post is to help you understand the impact our vehicles have on the environment and on your health. Please remember to get regular tune-ups to help keep your vehicle as green as possible.

If you feel your car is in rough shape, no longer use it, or you are just interested in donating it, See our website at http://www.cardonationwizard.com

Also, find us on all social media by searching CarDonationWizard. We would love to see your Dirty Socks. Be sure to Tag us @CarDonationWizard and use the #DirtySockChallenge

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Mercedes-Benz for National Public Radio.

This week’s featured car donation is a 1970 Mercedes Benz 300SEL donated to National Public Radio.  This car is a very rare model with an interesting history. The Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 is a luxury sedan built from 1968 to 1972. When released it was the fastest four-door vehicle of its time with a 6.3-litre M100 V8 engine that brought the car from 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds. Considered a crossbreed; It had the body of a Mercedes-Benz 300SEL but had the high powered engine from the 600 series Mercedes-Benz; this is especially impressive as the 600 Series was mostly limousines.

 

There were only 6,526 made between 1968 to 1972. Our 1970 model was one of only 1,797 built. The Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 was a rarity to see, let alone own. But we came to know the car as an incredible donation from Sarah of Colorado. She donated her green 1970 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 to KUNC through the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. KUNC is a public radio station that serves the Northern Colorado area.

1970 Mercedes Benz 300SEL 6.3

When we asked Sarah why she chose to donate her vehicle to KUNC, she said that the 300 was her husband’s car, and they were both huge fans of KUNC. Her husband loved the car and had passed away a few years ago, and she knew that he would approve of her decision to make a Colorado car donation to KUNC. They had named the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL: “Gottlieb” as in Gottlieb Daimler. Gottlieb Daimler was one of the original founders of Mercedes Benz. He was an engineer and an automotive pioneer.  This is a perfect name for this car.

 

Purchased in 1996 for $10,000, the car was carefully maintained and garaged.  When donated to KUNC the 300SEL had less than 10,000 miles on it!. Sarah was happy to share this information with me and is glad to know that the vehicle is helping her favorite radio station. She said her car donation was “a win-win.”

 

We would like to take a moment to thank Sarah for her donation in the memory of her husband. We hope her story inspires others to donate to their favorite charities as well.

 

If you want to donate a car to KUNC or any of our other stations, you can check us out online at
https://www.cardonationwizard.com/car-talk/info/car-donation-help-support-national-public-radio-programming.html

 

We take in all types of cars, trucks, SUVs and more for vehicle donations.

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