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Week 52-The Final Countdown, Day 5-Garage

Well the country roads have taken my back to the place where I belong in WV.  I loved being with my family and friends but there is something so wonderful about coming home to your very own house and sleeping in your own bed.  I also never knew how nice it was to have a garage until we moved into this townhouse.  My grandmother had one when I was growing up, but I was definitely too young to appreciate it.  Being able to unload all of our stuff out of the rain today when we got back was worth it’s weight in gold.  It still needs a little bit of TLC, but I know I’m only going to be more thankful for it in the winter months to come.  Plus, where else would we sell all of our old crap out of?

That looks about right...

The Good News Garage gives low-income families in New England an affordable and reliable transportation option.  GNG is different from other car donation charities because they try to repair as many cars as they can to provide them to others.  We need cars in this country to go shopping, go to work, and to get to the doctor.  Over the past fifteen years GNG has given away more than 3,800 refurbished vehicles.  GNG will also come and tow any car that is being donated for free, or you can drop it off any of their locations six different New England states.  Plus, more than 85% of people who received a vehicle from GNG said they experienced increased economic opportunity and improved quality of life.  Even though I’m sure the garage they use to fix up all these donated cars is way bigger than mine, without it, all of this good wouldn’t be possible.  The second best thing a garage is good for, storage!  I know even in the short time we’ve lived here we have lots of items that have found a home in the garage.  Charity Storage is a non-profit that had the bright idea to designate one storage unit for donated items at already existing storage facilities.  I think this is genius.  That means people who are currently renting storage units, people moving out of them,  and auction buyers (you know you’ve seen Storage Wars) are all able to donate any unwanted items right there on the spot.  Once the unit gets full its contents are auctioned off and the proceeds from the sale go to local and national charities.  The storage units already have the space, goodness knows we already have the stuff, so CS just organizes it all to benefit charities.  I have a love/hate relationship with ideas like that CS because they are so amazing, but I wish I’d thought of them first.

Good News Garage Donation

Charity Storage Donation

So here’s to you garage!  You’re there to make sure our groceries and our bags stay dry when it’s nasty outside.  You’re also pretty convenient when it’s a wee bit chilly outside.  You give us a place to store our Christmas decorations and old memories.  The building of many birdhouses, flower arrangements, and band practices have occurred in within your four walls.  You’re also awesome because of your cool door that opens at the touch of a button.  Thanks for giving us a little extra coverage that helps out in a big way.

Week 18-Potpourri, Day 1-Ruby

My girl!

Yesterday we added a new member to our family.  No we didn’t get another dog, and no I did not pop out a kid, but we did buy a beautiful Ford Escape named Ruby.  She’s three years old, she has automatic windows and locks, warm tan interior, a sleek maroon paint job, and six cylinders under her hood.  She’s roomy, quick, and she’s plays a mean version of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”.  I am truly thankful for all of the different subjects that I write about everyday, but after being a one car family for a year and a half, I am really, really, really thankful for Ruby.  I feel like I’m sixteen again in my very first car.  You know that saying good things come to those who wait?  I’m gonna have to agree.

That year and half without a car of my own might have seemed like a long time, but it was the best decision for our family.  The non-profit Yellow Ribbon Fund is helping out the families of disabled veterans by providing lots of great services including free car rental and cab vouchers.  Even though YRF has only been around for six years they have already provided 1,400 car rental and 18,000 taxi cab rides free of charge.  YRF doesn’t stop there, they help veterans and their families with job mentoring and internship programs, free lodging, and free tickets to different sporting and cultural events.  I that think taking care of our veterans when they come home is so important, because they have taken care of us by serving while we were able to stay in our homes.  You might expect that Ruby with her nice V6 engine would entice me to speed a little, but I think I’ll leave the fast turns to the pros like Kasey Kahne.  Kahne may have a serious need for speed but he channels that energy into cool fundraisers for his charity the Kasey Kahne Foundation.  The money that KKF raises through sprint car races, concerts and drifting challenges (think 2 Fast 2 Furious) helps chronically ill children and their families, as well as disadvantaged youth.  The KKF has raised and given money to The Ronald McDonald House, Make A Wish Foundation, Victory Junction, and the Red Cross to name just a few.  In 2006, Kahne was even appointed by President Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Service & Civic Participation, which was only one year after he started the foundation.  You can also bid on some pretty sweet schwag on eBay to help support KKF.  Keep up the good work Kasey!

Yellow Ribbon Fund Donation

Kasey Kahne Foundation Donation

So here’s to you Ruby!  I haven’t known you very long but I have a feeling you are going to be there for me through thick and thin.  You are pretty, you tell me what songs are on the radio, you automatically lock the doors to keep me safe, and you’ve got some get up and go.  I see furniture, road trips, jam-out sessions, dog hair, airport shuttle missions, traveling games, and car seats in your future.  Welcome to your new home and thank you for making our family complete…for now 🙂

Week 3-Stuff, Day 3-Our truck

Over the past year I have become more appreciative for the truck that Scott and I have.  When I moved to the tri-state area last year we decided it would be best for us to leave my car down South and share Scott’s truck.  Well lucky for me my 1995 Nissan Maxima, I affectionately referred to her as Maxine, decided to crap out on my about a month prior to my move anyway.  Luckily I had our family 1990 GMC Astro van, the “Green Machine” or “The Stro” depending on who you ask, as a back up until I moved.  That is a whole different blog we don’t have time for today.  Needless to say sharing one vehicle between the two of us has made me very thankful for our mid-sized truck.

This probably isn’t going to be groundbreaking news to anyone, but you can donate your old vehicle to charity.  Some people may not know the type of person they are usually donating their car to though.  Typical recipients include victims of domestic violence or natural disasters; non-profit organizations; military families and the working poor who often meet specific qualifications just to name a few.  The non-profit Charity Cars Inc. was established in 1996 and was the first type of this charity in the US.  They have been featured on ABC Good Morning America, CBS morning news, and People magazine.  And guess what happens when you donate your old car?  You feel great cause you helped someone else?  Yes, BUT, you also get a great tax deduction!  Cars4Charities is another great organization with a little bit of a different spin.  You still donate your car but instead of a tax deduction you decided which charity receives the net proceeds from the sale of your vehicle.  C4C was started in 2003 and prides itself on keeping administrative cost low and customer service and donations to charities high.  Both of these organizations will come pick up (read: tow) your vehicle at no charge to you.  Plus donating your car is a very green option, which is very en vogue these days.

Charity Cars Inc. Car DonationInformation

Cars4Charities Car Donation Information

So here’s to you GMC Canyon!  You have taken me to the grocery store, on a one year anniversary trip to Maine, and into the big city of New York to catch a plane.  You have hauled around sheep shearing gear, furniture, and a couple of dogs on occasion.  So if you have an old clunker sitting around or you’re thinking about getting a new car, why not donate your old one?  Your trash is definitely someone else’s treasure.