1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL for U.S. Fund for UNICEF

One of our amazing donors recently donated a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL with 174,071 miles on it. The vehicle was was donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The iconic Mercedes-Benz 560SL is known for its simplicity and style. Weighing in at 3,700 lbs, the Mercedes-Benz 560SL came with a 5.6 liter V-8 engine with 227 horsepower and 279 ft/lb torque. The two-door roadster sat two and came with a detachable roof for those inclined to catch the breeze and the sunshine. The Mercedes-Benz 560SL was the replacement for the W113 SL-Class in 1971 before it was eventually replaced itself in 1989 by the R129 SL Class. There were a total of 237,287 Mercedes-Benz 560SL’s in production between 1971 and 1989.  For this particular model there were only 49,347 vehicles produced.  The original price of the 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL was $48,200. The Mercedes-Benz 560SL is part of the R107 chassis and it was only sold in the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan.

The 560SL was an iconic car and an important part of the Mercedes-Benz legacy.  We were excited to receive this generous donation to U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

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If you are interested in donating a vehicle to U.S. Fund for UNICEF, you can click here for more details.

UNICEF’s mission is a very clear one, please click here to read the mission statement.

If you are wondering what UNICEF does, click here.

UNICEF United States Fund

A quick overview as to what they do is:

  • Protect children’s rights.
  • Expand opportunities to help children reach their full potential.
  • Promotes equal rights for women and girls to support their participation in politics and the community.

UNICEF does so much for the children of the world. They help them see a brighter future when things are presently dim and seem hopeless.

If you are wondering how you can help by donating your vehicle, you can click here. We accept most cars, trucks, boats and personal watercraft, RVs and motorhomes, trailers,motorcycles, off-road vehicles and more!

Donating is easy, and can be done in just a few moments. You just have to fill out information about the vehicle then a little about yourself and the pickup location. Then you just click and submit.

UNICEF Car Donation

 

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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.

National Geographic- Car Buying Guide

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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Car Donation Wizard Visits Newport, Rhode Island on Volunteer Build – Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes

By: Sam Andrews

Photography by: Marlayna Camara

At the Cars for Homes vehicle donation center, much of our time is spent in the office processing car donations that help our non-profit partners fulfill their missions. However, we do sometimes get the chance to work in the field with the charities we represent. So it was with great anticipation that several staff members finally ventured out on March 18th to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Newport, RI, courtesy of Rhode Island East Bay Habitat for Humanity. We’re used to handling the “cars” part of Cars for Homes, but that day we experienced the home construction part of the program, which has been Habitat’s signature effort for decades.Cars for homes build

Newport is a quaint, coastal community located in Southern Rhode Island. For natives of the Ocean State it has made for fun summer day trips to various beaches, surf coves, shopping wharfs and fine restaurants in the area. It’s a popular tourist destination for travelers from all around the world. It also features the infamous Bellevue Avenue row of mega-mansions built towards the end of the Industrial Revolution as vacation homes. One such mansion, Rosecliff, was used for filming the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford. So while most of the staff knew Newport quite well, we were completely unfamiliar with the concept of home construction in this area.

The site is located off Thames Street, near Bowen’s Wharf in downtown Newport, which is rife with tourist traffic in the summer season. However the house itself is neatly tucked besides weathered-shingle townhouses on a quiet one-way street away from all the commotion.

When we first arrived, the most noticeable aspect of the whole scene was the construction. There was a lot of progress on the exterior, but inside there was much work to do with all the exposed plywood walls and wood framing.

If you’ve never been inside a home under construction, you’ll find the first time quite interesting. One gets a strange sensation of being at the center of a storm, walking in unfinished rooms that will someday have children laughing, playing, studying and sleeping, parents quietly reading the newspaper, families eating dinner together, and people living and breathing and going about their individual, innocent lives as usual. But to experience that before it becomes inhabited is like the opposite of visiting a haunted house of spirits past – it is like being inside a crystal ball, where you can feel the weight of an incoming presence before the events actually happen. This only compoundedCars for Homes building site in Newport, RI the importance of our physical presence in the present to briefly help make this dream come true.

For our actual duties, we were assigned with adding concrete-fiberglass composite siding strips to the right second story exterior side. This Building Homes in Newport RImeant experiencing another sensation that was also new to everyone: walking along scaffolding that was swaying in the cold wind 30 feet above the ground. Although the walkway was secured to the roof, we accessed it by climbing through a window on the second story. Once we were steady, a friendly worker named Jim would cut the siding inside and a staff member would hand the pieces to us through the window. Once the placement was measured correctly, we would line up the strips and nail them to the side. The results were instantly satisfying. Each additional piece would bring us closer to the roof. Eventually, we finished the whole side. The concrete-fiberglass pieces themselves were pleasantly colored in neutral Pottery Barn-esque shades of tan, forest green, and burgundy. At first some of us thought this would be the finished color-scheme, a “hip” patch-work look. But it was later revealed the siding would be painted over for a final finishing touch.

As the day ended, we took a moment Habitat for Humanity build siteto look out from the scaffolding and see all the other rooftops. It occurred to me there that this house was about to beCars for Homes, turning car donations into homescome a part of something, like all the other houses, a welcome addition to this seaside community. The difference is that we can say we helped build it, if only for a day. And for many months, many other people helped build it too, in the name of Habitat for Humanity. We left feeling happy, we helped a little, and we learned something. The seed has been planted for us to feel like we wanted to come back and help again soA house built with car donation proceedsmeday.

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