Car donation leaves you with so much extra time on your hands, especially during the winter months. Imagine trying to sell or trade in a vehicle when it's cold, icy, and snowy outside! Can you imagine how much time you would have to spend keeping the vehicle clean and bringing it in for winter repairs?
We hope you will enjoy our list of twenty things you can do during the holidays, with time saved due to car donation. If you haven't donated a car yet, then check out our 2012 Donate Car To Charity Guide and we'll tell you everything you need to know! There is still time to donate a car before the New Year.
One of the best parts about the holiday season is watching holiday-themed movies and TV specials to get in the holiday spirit. Kids see Santa’s sleigh and they see the method of transportation as a way of magic and making dreams come true. Santa travels all over the world in his sleigh to deliver wishes and your old car can have the same effect on a child. Your old car can serve as a sleigh of wishes for a child over the holiday season.
The holidays provide everyone a chance to be a kid again and to indulge in all of the fun festivities that the season has to offer. At Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish, we work hard to make sure that wishes are granted for kids, especially during the holiday months. This can be made possible with cars that you no longer need or even cars that no longer run. When you donate your old car to Wheels For Wishes, we turn your old car into a wish for a child.
Whether your car runs or not, it will help to grant a wish for a child in your area during the holiday season. Whether the car is old and beat up or you just want to upgrade to something new, we'll take that old car of yours, no matter what it is or what it looks like. We love when our generous donors donate car makes and models such as Oldsmobile Alero, Saturn L200, Buick Century, or even Chevrolet Astro. Truly, we are happy with whichever vehicle you can donate, and your donation makes a huge difference in the life of a child.
When you gather with family and friends to give thanks this Thursday, imagine a smiling child receiving the news that they are going to have their wish granted. When this happens, a child can do whatever they dream of doing, whether it’s meet their favorite role model, see their favorite sports team, visit a theme park, or travel to any part of the world. This is the kind of news that could truly give a child something to be thankful for this year—they will receive the gift of hope, strength, and joy, and it could be all because of you.
Beginning November 6th and going through December 31st, 2012, kids and adults from all over the country can write their letters to Santa while also making dreams come true at the same time. It really is that easy to make wishes come true, and it allows you to participate in a fun tradition that everyone loves. Writing your letter to Santa ensures that a child’s wish will be granted this Christmas and it's something you will be glad about participating in. Your own wishes can help Make-A-Wish grant wishes for kids all over the country this Christmas season.
The damage caused by the recent natural disaster to hit the east coast is already estimated to be in the billions. The number of cars damaged could easily reach tens of thousands from the Hurricane turned Tropical Storm.
We're here to help, here's what to do
If your vehicle was one of the victims to Sandy, here is some advice on what you may need to know and steps to take:
1. Check with Insurance:
If you are covered with comprehensive insurance, you will be insured in this event and be able to receive enough to replace your damaged vehicle. Be patient though because insurance companies will be getting slammed with all of the claims in the next few months, so it may take several months before you can start the process.
If you only have liability insurance, unfortunately you will not be covered. In this case, jump to #3. If you are covered, see #2:
The weather is cooling down and the days are getting shorter. If you live in one of the snowy states, you may be dreading the change in seasons, especially if you still have your old, broken down car sitting in your driveway. Plus, it's almost the end of the year and you don't want to miss out on your end of the year tax deduction!
We’ll give you ten reasons to donate that old car before the snow comes. So listen up, you might want to give us a call to donate your car today! We’ll be ready for you if you do!
For more information on donating your car, check out our 2012 Donate Car To Charity Guide.
One of the best things you can do this time of the year, besides car donation, is find as many ways as possible to help local charities. With the holidays just around the corner, Wheels For Wishes is working harder than ever to make sure wishes are granted. Our vehicle donation program is always a great way help grant wishes, but you can also let your holiday shopping benefit local kids as well.
Did you know that during the month of September, you have a perfectly good reason to eat ice cream? We will even give you permission to indulge more than once, so take advantage of this awesome opportunity! Set those diet plans aside and go wild for your favorite sweet treat to help support Make-A-Wish!
Throughout the whole month of September, Cold Stone Creamery is working to make wishes come true for children all over the world. Cold Stone is accepting donations that go toward helping Make-A-Wish, so you just need to head into your local Cold Stone Creamery and purchase a Make-A-Wish paper star for just $1! It’s a win-win! You get to have ice cream, AND you’re helping a child’s wish come true. Plus, if you really want to push your diet plans off for a few more weeks, it’s a perfectly good reason to!
Trying to decide what to do with your old vehicle can be a hard decision. You have many options: selling, trading, or donating it. We may be partial to the program, but here are a few of the many benefits to donating your car.
Since Wheels for Wishes accepted it’s first car donation almost ten years ago, we have seen some pretty interesting things called in to our call and donation center. We stand by our slogan of accepting all types of vehicles. Take a look at some of our craziest, and definitely favorite, donations!
If you are one of the smart cookies who went online and with a click of the mouse donated your old vehicle instead of selling it, you must have some spare time on your hands. You no longer will have to deal with placing ads, taking phone calls, or meeting with potential buyers. Here are some of the things you now have time for!
Auto Recycling Saves Lives:
We may be biased, but we think that donating a car is an incredible act. Not only do donors get a 100% tax deduction and the perks of a hassle-free pick up, but also the proceeds can help change the medical outcome of a child with a critical illness.
89 percent of medical professionals surveyed said that the introduction of a wish experience into a child's life has the ability to improve not just mental, emotion, and psychological well-being, but physical health!
You may be thinking about donating your car or have already called in your vehicle donation and noticed an extra pep in your step. It could be from the sunny weather outside or the cheer you feel after hearing your favorite song on the radio, however science has shown that the act of giving chemically affects your hormones and improves your mood. When you give to others, your body releases endorphins that can lift your spirits.
Know the Facts
While color blocking may be the craze inside of shopping malls, inside of Arizona homes it seems that recycling is the new trend. According to a study done in 2009 by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Arizona homes are recycling more than 5 times the amount they were in the 60's.
Percentage of all trash recycled or composted:
Solid Waste Collected in Phoenix, Arizona:
Material (in tons) Collected Through Recycling Program in 2009: 129,000
While San Francisco is leading the race in the nation's recycling efforts, it has been reported that only 10% of Los Angeles even owns a recycling bin. With a population of almost 10 million residents, we would love to see the city work towards a much more enthusiastic recycling program. In the meantime, here are some ways on how to rally your recycling efforts in Los Angeles County with easy to do tips.
San Francisco is one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world according to a list by grist.org, an environmental news website. Ranked at number 8, Grist ranked international cities on the strides each one has taken towards eco-friendly and greener lives.
You have donated your vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, claimed the deduction on your taxes, and now you have some extra cash in your pocket to spend. Here are some great ideas of what to do with the extra money you now have in your bank account.
Gas prices are slowly ticking back up, and if you are in a big city, prices are topping the $4.00 mark. Experts remark that as we inch closer to spring, we can expect an even steeper increase in fares. Though we cannot control the price at the pump, we can control how efficiently our vehicle uses gas.