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.
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.
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
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.
We know when choosing a place to donate your car, you have a lot of options. A simple Google search of "car donation" inundates you with over 56 million results. There are several reasons one may donate a vehicle, but the best motif is the positive impact your donation can have in your local community. It is a competitive industry and we want to make sure you are picking the right organization for your vehicle dollars.
The most important piece of advice is to do your research. Many of the vehicle donation programs advertise broadly as being "for kids" or for "a cause", so take the time to look into where exactly your donation is going. If they are going to kids, in what context does it support children, and is it a certain demographic of children, or all children? If it is a donation to "a cause", what cause? If you find yourself having to dig around just to get to the bottom of what the charity you are supporting may be, ask yourself if this is the type of organization to which you want to give your donation.
Wheels For Wishes first partnered with the Minnesota Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® over seven years ago. Today, we are partners with over thirty chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Because there are so many amazing things to talk about concerning this program and our partners, we have developed a blog to keep you up-to-date with all of our latest projects and partnerships!