January 23rd Is National Handwriting Day

national handwriting dayToday is National Handwriting Day. This day was established in 1977 by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA). The occasion is celebrated on the birthday of John Hancock, the founding father who is most fondly remembered for his bold signature on the Declaration of Independence. It is a day to celebrate and give the gift of penmanship to yourself or others.

We live in the age of technology where everyone takes to e-cards, e-mails, text messages, and more to correspond with one another. Nearly everything we do is typed up online, on mobile phones, tablets, or computers. The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, the nation’s largest free vehicle donation program, even offers online live chat, an online vehicle donation form, and two online methods for monetary donations ourselves. So, we can understand the amazing feeling it can be to get something handwritten in your mailbox and not your inbox!

Take some time today and instead of putting your fingertips to keyboards and touchscreens, put a pen to paper! Here are a few ideas you can do to celebrate handwriting:
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5 Most Commonly Forgotten Tax Deductions

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The tax filing season is fast approaching and everyone is scrambling to gather their W-2’s, receipts, IRS forms and documentation. As a result, people tend to forget to include these commonly forgotten tax deductions or credits that could mean huge savings or a bigger refund.

In the midst of the hustle to prepare for tax season, 1-800-Charity Cars, conductors of the nation’s largest car/vehicle donation distribution program, brings awareness to the following list of the most commonly forgotten tax deductions and credits:

Dependent Care

While a majority of taxpayers are aware of the tax credits available for children, many do not realize that the Dependent Care Credit includes any spouse or dependents who are in your household for at least 8 hours a day and are physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves. These commonly forgotten tax deductions can include a parent you may be caring for, whom you can claim an annual expense benefit of up to $3,000.
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10 Things You Can Recycle For Charity

things you can recycle for charityAs providers of free donated vehicles to struggling families, 1-800-Charity Cars has witnessed firsthand how the act of one person recycling an item they no longer need and giving it to someone else to reuse is a life changing benefit for the recipient. We see this all the time, when a person donates their car and we refurbish it and gift it to a struggling family.

According to the American Environmental Protection Agency, recycling and composting, diverted 85 million tons of materials away from disposal in 2011. While this is a quite impressive number, it was only 34.7% of the 250 million tons of waste generated in America in 2011.

There are many key benefits to recycling, such as; saving energy, pollution prevention, conserving resources and preserving the environment for our future generations. Through the act of recycling, what would otherwise be considered waste instead becomes valuable resources with financial, societal and environmental beneficial returns.
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1-800-Charity Cars Charitable Projects

charitable projectsThe Original 1-800 Charity Cars 501(C) (3) non-profit organization, Nationally Recognized #1 Car Donation Distribution Charity, is the first charity of its kind and was established in 1996. We are an award-winning program that has received an avalanche of local and national publicity over the years. We have been featured on television shows such as Oprah, Montel Williams, Good Morning America, Two Guys Garage, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Bakery Boss and CBS Morning News. Articles praising our one-of-a-kind organization have also appeared in the Non-Profit Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, People Magazine and a host of other publications across the United States. Among our many awards, we are honored to be a past recipient of the prestigious Walt Disney World Outstanding Community Service Award.

Considered the pioneers of the free car-ownership concept and with our stated mission to “To engage in activities that will uplift humanity”, we are multi-faceted in our charitable projects and would like to share some of them with you: Continue reading

How to Avoid Buying a Flood Damaged Vehicle

flood damaged vehicleThe 1-800-Charity Cars car donation program realizes the importance of having reliable transportation since we have provided thousands of free donated vehicles to struggling families across the United States. Flood damaged cars are sometimes sold to salvage or donated to a car donation charity like 1-800-Charity Cars; where we accept flooded car donations nationwide, sell them and use those proceeds to fund our car donation and car distribution programs to help struggling families. However, sometimes the vehicles are sent to many used car dealerships and sold to the public. We would like to offer you some guidelines for protecting yourself from buying a flood damaged vehicle.

Things you can do:

  1. Always seek out a used car dealer whom is reputable within your community.
  2. Specifically inquire about whether the vehicle has suffered any type of flood damage.
  3. Ensure that you get the dealer to give you their answer regarding it being a flood damaged vehicle in writing with the bill of sale.
  4. Check the title of the vehicle to see if it is stamped as salvage or flood and if it is not, ask to see the car’s history to verify it did not come from an area that experienced any flooding.
  5. Have an independent mechanic inspect the vehicle for any signs of flood damage.

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January Is National Blood Donor Month

national blood donor month2014 is here and 1-800 Charity Cars, providers of free donated cars to people in need nationwide, knows that many of you are wondering what would be the best way to start off the New Year. Why not start the year off by helping others through the simple act of donating blood?

Blood supplies run low during the winter months due to various reasons, such as holidays, bad weather, illnesses and travel. January tends to be the worst month for blood donations. It has been declared National Blood Donor Month; in hopes that through this designation and spreading awareness, people will be more inclined to make a blood donation.

According to the American Red Cross, there is a need for a blood transfusion every two seconds. Every year, five million people will need blood in the United States. A person has ten to twelve pints of blood, where only one pint is taken during a donation. Considering the fact that one pint of blood can save up to three people’s lives, giving a blood donation can truly be the gift of life for many!
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How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

keep your new year's resolutionsWith the New Year comes high hopes for positive change and a better year than the one we are leaving behind. Most people are looking for a chance to start fresh and leave the old year behind, by bringing in the new one with a laundry list of resolutions. 1-800 Charity Cars, providers of free donated vehicles to struggling families nationwide, understands how one change can be the stepping stone to a whole new path in a person’s life. Below are some tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions and start the New Year the right way:

Start Small
When making New Year’s resolutions, start small and work your way up through the year! For instance, if you want to quit smoking, which is a very popular New Year resolution, realize that giving up a habit you have had for many years is not something easily or quickly done. Start by tapering off day by day, as you work up to completing your goal. As you complete each smaller goal, your larger goal will seem easier to achieve!
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How To Get A Free Ride Home After The New Year’s Celebrations

Car Donation CharityWith all the New Year’s celebrations taking place across the nation, the possibility of our roads being covered with impaired drivers is at its greatest. 1-800-Charity Cars, conductors of the nation’s largest car/vehicle donation distribution program, wants to share some tips on how to get a free ride home, so you can get home safely after the parties are over.

Below is a list of resources on how to get a free ride home after celebrating;

Cab Services
Check with your local cab service companies, as some will be offering free rides home on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. There are some cab services that team up with local news stations, churches, or other places to offer these free rides. It varies by location and company, so always check before you head out to make sure that you have one lined up.
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Shopping Safety Tips

shopping safety tipsThe holiday may be over, but the dangers of thieves lurking amidst the bustling crowds still exist. 1-800-Charity Cars, America’s leading vehicle donation/distribution program, offers you the following shopping safety tips:

  1. If you are toting a purse or bag, make sure you keep it secure at all times. Never leave your purse in a shopping cart while looking around. In a mere few seconds, a thief can snatch it from your cart. Keep your arm on your purse at all times. A purse with a long strap is your best choice, since you can place the strap over your head and diagonally across your body, which will make it difficult for someone to take it from you. When leaving the store, be sure you put your purse in your car before you unload your purchases. A purse sitting in a shopping cart in a parking lot is a theft waiting to happen. Placing your purse in your vehicle first will help keep it safe, while you unload the items from your cart.
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5 Tips For Donating To A Reputable Charity

1-800-CharityCars, a nationwide car donation/distribution charity, depends on the generosity of the donating public to carry out our organization’s main focus of providing free donated vehicles to struggling families, in an effort to assist them in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency. We know firsthand the impact that the monetary and vehicle donations we receive will make in the lives of people in need and the importance of charitable giving for all upstanding Charities that make a difference by giving people in need a helping hand. It is through the kindness of donors who are willing to give, that Charities can offer assistance to those in need.

People are hesitant to give because of the fear that they may be donating to an illegitimate charity. We want to help you avoid giving your time, money and/or belongings to bad charities by offering you the following tips for finding a reputable charity:
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