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Highlighting Those In Need: Melanie from Alabama

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The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a national award winning nonprofit car donation charity, operates, where people in need of reliable transportation sign up and apply for a free charity car. Today we would like to highlight one of our car donation applicants to connect you with the people in need of reliable transportation.

Melanie from Mobile, Alabama, has been a member of our vehicle distribution site since January 23, 2011, where she has applied for assistance in receiving an automobile. Here is a summary of her situation:

“My name is Melanie Walters and I have been married to the love of my life for nine years. On September 2nd, 2010, after working since the age of 13, I lost my employment. Five weeks later on October 12th my husband was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. At first neither of us even knew what multiple myeloma was. It is a form of blood cancer that is treatable but not curable. It requires specialized and very rigorous treatment.

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Parents’ Day

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In 1994, former President Bill Clinton declared the fourth Sunday of July as National Parents’ Day. This day, unlike Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, which are centered on gift giving, is a day to honor parents for their commitment, hard work, and dedication to raising their children. It is also about parents celebrating their entire family unit by showing mutual love and appreciation through spending time together.

1-800-Charity Cars, operators of the largest free non-profit car donation and distribution program in the nation, compiled the following list of five ways to celebrate Parents’ Day:

  1. Plan a family breakfast or dinner and have everyone prepare the meal together.
  2. Take time on this day to sit and reflect on your family. Discuss what makes your family special, and what each person feels is the best thing about your family.
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How To Change A Flat Tire: A Step-by-Step guide

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No matter what may cause a driver to be stranded on the side of the road, each time it happens it is a horrible feeling and every driver dreads it. It is even worse when the reason you are stranded could have been easily handled on your own, such as a flat tire. Knowing how to change a flat tire on your own can save you time and trouble, if you ever find yourself in this situation.

1-800-Charity Cars, America’s leading car donation charity, would like to provide you with the following step-by-step instructions on how to change a flat tire:

  1. Get your vehicle to the safest place possible, out of harm’s way and avoid hills.
  2. Turn on the hazard lights.
  3. Shut off the engine, set the emergency/parking brake and use any emergency devices you may have (signs, triangles, flares, etc.)
  4. Find the jack, tools, and spare tire. If you are unsure where the items are located, refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for their location.
  5. If you have a hubcap, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove it.
  6. Loosen the lug nuts with the tire iron/lug wrench slightly, one at a time in a counter clockwise direction.
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8 Bicycle Safety Tips

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It seems that many people believe wearing a helmet is all that encompasses bicycle safety. Wearing a helmet is vital to protect oneself while riding a bike in the event of an accident, but it is not the only thing a cyclist should do. Traveling safely among motor vehicle traffic and doing everything you can to avoid any possible collisions with vehicles should also be a primary focus.

Today 1-800-Charity Cars provides the following list of eight bicycle safety tips to get you to your destination safely:
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10 Unique Ways To Make Extra Money

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It seems everyone is looking for ways to make a little extra money on the side. This extra money could be needed to help make ends meet, cover unexpected expenses, medical costs, etc. It can be hard for people who work full time jobs to take on second jobs. It is equally difficult to find something to do on the side that can be done at their convenience or fit into their already filled schedules. 1-800 Charity Cars, operators of the nation’s leading vehicle donation program, has compiled the following list of creative ways to make extra money.

  1. Apply with a temporary agency to pick up odd jobs. You will be able to try out many different types of jobs and work when it is convenient for you.
  2. Sign up to be a part of medical research studies. You can visit the National Institutes Of Health site and see what is available in your area
  3. Turn your car into a rolling billboard and get paid for advertising. Just visit or
  4. Take whatever skills you have and do freelance work. Just sign up on a site like elance.
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Highlighting Those in Need: Marie from California

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1-800-Charity Cars, the nations leading car donation/distribution program since 1996, created the website. This is a place where struggling families from across the country can sign up and apply for a free charity car. Today, we would like to share the story of one of our car donation applicants who applied for a vehicle donation.

Marie applied for assistance on our vehicle distribution website on June 3, 2013. Here is a glimpse into the situation that has led to her needing a helping hand to obtain a reliable vehicle:

“I lost my 1995 Chevy Corsica due to a blown head gasket and the repairs were out of my financial reach. I need to be able to get around on my own again. I also need to see my doctor, as I have not been able to get to the doctor since I lost my car.”

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5 Surefire Ways to Have a Great Day

Life is short, and the little time that we have should be spent having as many great days and moments as possible. 1-800 Charity Cars, a vehicle donation/distribution program that services the entire United States, would like to provide you with 5 surefire ways to have a great day.

Count Your Blessings

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One way to get in the great day zone is to take at least a minute every morning before your day starts to truly count your blessings. The number one blessing should be that you woke up, you’re breathing, and you’re blessed with another day. Take stock of the good in your life and what you are fortunate to have been blessed with. Good friends, a loving spouse, beautiful children, success in your education/career, food on the table, and a roof over your head are all blessings. Whatever you have been blessed with, take it in, and allow these blessings to motivate you. Start your day positively by focusing on the good in your life.

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6 Creative Ways To Conquer Summer Boredom

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Summer is that magical time of the year when people get excited to be out of school, take family vacations, breaks from work, or other obligations. As the season moves forward, everyone may find themselves running out of money, time, or things to do during their break. This is when boredom begins to sink in.

With summer well underway, and the initial excitement beginning to turn into boredom, 1-800 Charity Cars would like to provide you with the following list of ways to conquer summer boredom. Learn how to beat that humdrum feeling and have some fun in very creative ways!

1. Clear out, clean up, and switch it up

While no one may think that cleaning is fun, especially children during a summer break, it can be! Motivate your kids to clean up their rooms, and clear out the old toys, clothes, shoes, and other belongings they no longer use. Tell them that once the cleaning and clearing out is done that you are going to switch it up!

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July Is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month

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In 2002, Jacqueline Whitmore, one of the nation’s well known etiquette experts, started an event to encourage cell phone users to be more respectful. “It’s important to educate people about the proper way to use these devices so that they’re still in touch but not annoying those around them”, said Ms. Whitmore.

1-800-Charity Cars, providers of reliable transportation to people in need since 1996, understands the important role that cell phones play in our daily lives, and the need to use them in various places. However, we also realize that everyone should be mindful of their surroundings and thoughtful of others when on their cellular devices.

In honor of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, here is a list of tips and suggestions to help you practice considerate mobile phone use:

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6 Driving Tips To Prolong The Life Of Your Vehicle

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The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, providers of car donations to families in need, understands that so many people are just trying to survive paycheck to paycheck. It is a reality that many face. Most people cannot afford to run out and purchase a vehicle at any given time. Vehicle repairs can be expensive and the cost of gasoline is rising. We have provided you with just a few driving tips to prolong the life of your vehicle. These are just simple habits that you can put into place to help you save money in the long run and help prolong the life of your vehicle:

Starting Your Engine

Every day you hop in your car, start it up, and go on your way. If you drive off without letting your car warm up, you are causing unnecessary wear and tear. It takes a minimum of 20 seconds for your engine oil to reach the correct pressure and get to flowing. Give your car 20 seconds to get warmed up before heading out and you will avoid the wear and tear of metal grinding metal by driving off to soon.

Drive Less

Pretty simple notion that if you drive your car less it will last longer, but stop and think of how many little trips you may make that could be combined? Are you someone who drives to the dry cleaners, bank, post office, etc. one at a time and back home? Plan an errand day once a week and hit all of them in one trip. If there are times you can walk to the corner store or carpool with others, then do it. You will increase the life span of your vehicle and save money on gas.

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