December 3rd Is International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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The United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, (formerly known as International Day of Disabled Persons), is held each year on December 3rd. Its primary focus is placed on issues that affect disabled people worldwide. From schools, businesses, organizations, to whole communities, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is to get involved to break down barriers for disabled people and celebrate abilities.

The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, an award-winning national vehicle donation and distribution charity, encourages everyone to get together, get involved, take time to acknowledge people with disabilities in a positive manner, celebrate achievements made by people with disabilities, and discuss ways to help disabled people in your communities.

1-800-Charity Cars is a 501(C)(3) non-profit vehicle donation charity and the operators of www.freecharitycars.org, where people in need of reliable transportation nationwide can come to our vehicle distribution site to apply for a free charity car. We have individuals across the entire country from all walks of life that sign up on our site to apply for assistance with transportation daily.

Many of our applicants are dealing with various disabilities, or taking care of loved ones, or their own children with disabilities while awaiting a car donation. Today, in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we would like to highlight some of our car donation applicants who are disabled, and/or caring for disabled people:

Kaitlyn Elliot from Monroe, Ohio

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My name is Katie I’m a 23 yr old single Mom, and my son was born with a birth defect called gastrochisis. He spent 4 months in the NICU. When he came home we noticed he was having trouble breathing so we rushed him back to the hospital were he was kept for another 7 months. During this hospital visit they decided that he needed to have a trach placed to help with his breathing. Me and my son have had a hard time but I have worked very hard to support us all by myself. We have a great place to live, and I was able to go to work to support us, until my car broke down. I travel state to state for work if I don’t have a car I wont be able to support my son, and myself anymore. My son has about 4-5 doctors appointments about an hour away every month we need to get to. I’m just asking for a little bit of help. I don’t make enough too afford everything, and a car payment.

Cecilia Nobles from Winter Haven, Florida

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I am a disabled female in need of a dependable car. I have breathing problems, and back problems. If there was a bus stop near me I would be hard pressed to use it. I can’t walk very far, and most buses don’t stop right in front of places. I need a car to be able to get to medical appointments, meet my basic needs, and get my medication.

Rebecca Underwood from Westland, Michigan

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My name is Becky and I am in need of transportation for a number of reasons. My mother and I live together and take care of each other and are truly blessed to have each other, as we both have a lot of medical needs. My right leg has been removed above the knee and for now I am in a wheelchair. I have lost my job due to my medical problems, and hope to find a new job soon or even go back to school, I do need a car to go to and from physical rehab after I receive my artificial leg. My mother has many doctors appointments each month and has been in and out of the hospital all year. It would make life so much easier if I could just drive to the store or doctors office. It would mean the world to me and my mother to have a car and we would be able to bless other people each day. Thank you so much.

You can take part in the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by directly helping a disabled person get back on the road to independence. You can be a part of changing the life of any one of these people above, or countless others in need, by making a financial or vehicle donation to 1-800-Charity Cars. We accept vehicles nationwide, running or not, and provide free towing. All donations are tax deductible, and if we provide your vehicle to a family in need you can receive a full “fair market value” vehicle donation tax receipt. You can make a donation by calling us today at 1-800-242-7489, or you can fill out the online car donation form. If you do not have a vehicle to donate, you can help by making a monetary donation through PayPal or justgive.