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 www.freecharitycars.org, 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.

As a 6-year breast cancer survivor I would gladly trade places with this man that I love more than life itself. Unfortunately, that is not the way it works. And let me say that I admire my husband and love him more today, than the day I married him. He has shown such courage and grace during his treatments. I don’t know how he does it.

For these treatments we must travel 450 miles each way to Little Rock, AR on a regular basis for at least the next 3 years. Because of this, I am unable to continue seeking employment at this time. My car was 21 years old and was totaled in a wreck on November 7th, 2011. We are now living on my husband’s monthly social security check and any income I can make when I can find temporary work. Because of this, we are not able to purchase another vehicle. So far, my Mother has graciously allowed us to use her car for these trips, but she cannot do so indefinitely.

Thank you for reading my story. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.”

You can read more about Melanie and her need for viable transportation by visiting her profile: http://www.freecharitycars.org/user/mwalters0730

You can be a part of changing the life of Melanie and other struggling families in need by making a financial or vehicle donation to 1-800-Charity Cars. We accept all vehicles nationwide, running or not, and provide free towing. All donations are tax deductible. You can receive a full “fair market value” vehicle donation tax deduction if we provide your vehicle donation to a family in need. You can make a vehicle donation by calling us today at 1-800-242-7489, or you can fill out the online donation form. If you do not have a vehicle to donate, you can help by making a monetary donation through Paypal or Justgive at www.800charitycars.org. To learn how a donated vehicle can help change the lives of those in need you can read the stories of some of our past donation recipients.

  • Jim Forte

    As most know I am speaking up and explaining to those who know me that it is about the others who are needing a car like I am. I will speak of those 1st. Free Charity Cars is a God-Send of a not-for-profit geared to helping people like these and myself. We live in an ever-changing world where the poverty rate is high. Yes, there are “other countries” but we should be taking care of us first before any other country. There are Military Vets who are waiting for a car or a vehicle equipped for the disabled. Do they have to walk or maybe use their wheelchairs? What if they have no one to help them? They went to bat for us as a nation. Praise God they are 1st, for the most part, as far as I know by reading testimony after testimony.

    Then there’s our elderly men and women alike, who may have lost a spouse or are possibly living with a deadly illness as cancer, Leukemia, or worse. Does society as a whole just ignore them?

    What about the single mom’s and single dad’s who have a very sick child in desperate need of medical attention. Can they completely count on a ride all of the time, from their friends or family?

    How about the married people who may have lost their employment do to a car breaking down, a severe illness, accident or whatever reason; but they can’t do a thing about it without a vehicle. Some of those live in a rural area. So, do they, too have to always depend on their families and friends for that all important ride? Yes, we do have that in common — we all have lost our only form of transportation and many of us depend on others to take us where we need to go. A lot of us live in a rural area where there is no public transportation. Sad thing is that a lot of us have to cancel or miss any necessary doctors appointments, specialist appointments or getting life – saving medications. Some people have passed away because they had no way to get medical attention. There are many people who have never heard of FreeCharityCars and they “just deal with it.” Is that fair? Is it right to turn away or ignore them? I don’t think it’s right. It isn’t morally right at all that there be this kind of suffering. There was, once a young single mom with several children who was facing eviction from their home. I guess I came across her story too late because I never got her answer to my friend request. There are many, many heart-breaking stories.

    I know that society, in general would rather avoid helping us or anyone else and just take care of their own. You see, God said we were to “love one another as He loves us.” Love is action and giving unto the poor and oppressed is a form of love. God also said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Kindness is a form of love. In a Christian elementary class I was in back in 1980 we used to sing a song from a Bible verse and it goes like this: “This is my commandment that ye love one another that your joy may be full.” Society has made love a dirty word.

    I feel it is one of my callings that I be a part of FreeCharityCars, as a volunteer to share with others, the importance of our need. Ours is not asking for any hand-outs; it is asking for a hand up so we can pick up all the broken pieces and go forward. Whether it be to our health, our children’s health, our jobs, our education, our grocery shopping— whatever we need. No different than what your normal everyday need may be. We are all of one race — the human race. God made us all. You may not believe that, not every person does; but I do as well as most of my friends and family do believe it.
    I ask everyone who reads this blog to please go to http://www.freecharitycars.org and read all of our stories, vote for us or even donate. Please… God bless you all.

  • http://LnL-E-Action.com/ jaminjayman

    I can honestly say that I experienced the same thing many other have that have applied for a FreeCharityCars car. Mainly, that it is another caring family of support, prayers and meaningful friendships through an organization that truly cares about struggling individuals and families. Many of the people giving testimonies and sharing on this site are on my friends list and we vote for each other and support each other on an ongoing, regular basis. Thank you and may God bless Free Charity Cars workers, donors and participating applicants. I am one that hopes and prays that I receive a car soon as my road-worn-beater is on it’s very last leg and right now I dare not drive past the corner Dollar General. In truth, jt

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