This week marks the annual insanity of Black Friday shopping! While there are many deals out there to be found, it is important to plan your trip to get the best deals, and more importantly to be safe! The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, a national award winning vehicle donation/distribution charity, want to provide you with following Black Friday safety tips, and resources to make your shopping experience safe, and successful!
Anytime you plan on attending the Black Friday sales, make preparations ahead of time to make sure you are successful and safe. Here is a list of the preparations to make before heading out to go hit those Black Friday Sales.
PREPARATIONS BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT TO SHOP:
- Make sure to have your cell phone fully charged, and bring your car charger with you.
- Make sure to check the weather and dress accordingly. Bring anything you need since the weather may have significant changes throughout the time frame your out. (i.e. heavier coat, lighter jacket, umbrella, etc.)
- Look through all of the ads for the sales, and make a shopping plan. Your plan should include what locations you will visit, what route you will take, what time you need to be at each location, what items you wish to purchase, and a clear budget for each place.
- Some stores will have the layout for Black Friday available online so you can actually plan your route throughout the store to get the items you want, and know exactly where those dollar DVD’s or $99 Game consoles will be!
- Make sure to have enough cash on hand to cover your purchases. If you are using Credit make sure you have your credit cards and know your limits.
- If you plan on trying to get a hot item like a low priced TV or Laptop you should call ahead, ask how many they have, and what the process is for giving them out. (i.e. will they use a ticket process, just a line up at a certain area process, do they guarantee it will be in stock for a certain time, when do they allow people to line up or get tickets etc.)
New York car donation recipient, Suzanna Pickering applied on our car donation distribution site freecharitycars.org on January 28, 2010 for a car donation. In October of 2013, thanks to the generous donation of people like you, Suzanna received the call that a car was available for her!
Here is what Suzanna would like to share about her journey with Charity Cars, and her experience with receiving a car donation:
“Life sometimes changes in ways we would rather not have it change. Five years ago I found myself without a car. I was stranded, forced to beg, plead, and pay for rides. Rides to get to medical appointments, meet basic needs just the normal things we all take for granted when we can do it ourselves.
I found Free Charity Cars via a site I belong to -a charity car recipient had posted about the site, and the car their family received. She then sent me the link. I signed up, stated my needs, voted, promoted, and waited. On October 29, 2013 the call finally came from Charity Cars!
I am hearing impaired so I actually missed the call at first, but thank you to caller ID I called Reggie at Charity Cars, and he then told me the good news. A car was finally available for me. I started crying, and thinking can this be real? YES IT WAS REAL!!! Waiting was stressful, frustrating, and very difficult, but it was worth it!
On December 13, 2013 after all the paperwork was done, some dear friends drove to Syracuse to pick up the car for me in the middle of a snowstorm and surprised me! Even more tears of joy on my part. I admit I was scared to drive again after all this time, but I bit the bullet, and off I went, and I have not looked back since!
When most people think of a carpool, they tend to think along the lines of parents shuffling kids to sports and other extracurricular activities. However, carpooling is beneficial to everyone, not just parents trying to get kids to their activities. People are starting to realize now that carpooling is for more than just the kiddos to get where they need to go. Carpooling can be used for work, concerts, social events, games, and even road trips!
If you have not considered carpooling allow us here at The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, providers of donated vehicles to families in need of transportation, to share with you the reasons you should carpool as an adult:
- SAVE ON GAS- Gas prices are extremely high, and it is a struggle for people to afford to fill those tanks! If you carpool with others to get to your destination then you have several people going to the same place, which saves on gas! Instead of everyone filling their tanks, only one tank can get everyone there!
- SAFER- Less cars on the road mean fewer accidents, and many places have carpool lanes too. These lanes have been proven to be more efficient, and safer! Road trips alone can be dangerous, so carpool with someone going the same way and be safer on your trip. Share the expenses too!
- GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT- Less cars on the road means less emissions of dangerous fumes in the air, making our atmosphere greener, and safer thanks to your carpool.
In 1974 Lynn Smith, a Minnesota newspaper publisher, started a “Don’t Smoke Day” to encourage people everywhere to stop smoking. It has gone on to become “The Great American Smokeout Day” which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The concept is to have every smoker agree to not smoke at all for 24 hours on the third Thursday Of November in hopes that many people will give up cigarettes all together!
The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, an award winning national car donation/distribution organization, would like to provide everyone with some information, and resources to help you kick the habit for the great American Smokeout.
SMOKING STATISTICS ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
- Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.6 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men and women. About 87% of lung cancer deaths in men and 70% in women are thought to result from smoking.
- Smoking also causes cancers of the larynx (voice box), mouth, sinuses, pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), and bladder. It also has been linked to the development of cancers of the pancreas, cervix, ovary (mucinous), colon/rectum, kidney, stomach, and some types of leukemia.
- Smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the US. Another 8.6 million people live with serious illnesses caused by smoking.
THE BENEFITS OF QUITTING SMOKING
When a person decides to stop smoking on November 20th for the great American Smokeout, within 20 minutes of taking that last puff their body starts going through healing changes that will continue for many years to come, until their body has healed itself to that of a non-smoker!
- 20 MINUTES- Blood pressure, pulse rate, and body temperature of hands and feet go back to normal.
- 8 HOURS- Carbon monoxide level drops, and oxygen level increases within the blood to normal.
- 24 HOURS- Risk of a heart attack decreases.
- 48 HOURS- Smell and taste return. Nerve endings will also begin to regrow.
- 2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS- Lung function improves by 30%, circulation gets better and walking is easier.
- 1 TO 9 MONTHS- Energy increases, lungs improve making infections less likely, mucus easier to handle, coughing, shortness of breath, sinus congestion and fatigue decreases.
- 1 YEAR- Risk of heart disease becomes half of that of a smoker.
- 5 YEARS- Chance of lung cancer death is cut down by half for an average smoker. Risk for stroke now decreases to that of a nonsmoker, and cancer of the throat or mouth is half of that of a smoker.
- 10 YEARS- Chance of lung cancer death is now that of a nonsmoker. Any precancerous cells are replaced, and other cancer risks such as of the esophagus, bladder, pancreas, and kidney decreases.
- 15 YEARS- Risk of heart disease is now that of a nonsmoker.
Many people love to dine out and shop online, but not many realize that their meals and purchases can actually benefit charities. With the holidays approaching there will be more than the usual dining out and shopping online, which means even more opportunities for everyone to use those meals and purchases for the good, to help charities without donating money.
The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, America’s #1 car donation charity, relies on the generosity of people who make both financial and vehicle donations to our car donation/distribution organization to help struggling families in need of transportation. It is because of this that we realize the importance of donations for charities, and we want to help bring awareness to ways people can help charities without donating money, such as through dining out, or shopping online to support charitable organizations.
Below is a list of helpful links you can visit to find out how you can help charities without donating money, by taking those online purchases, and dining out trips, and turn them into ways to support charities, and help people in need:
- Round It Up America- http://rounditupamerica.org/participating-restaurants.php
A platform for collective giving by allowing many people to give just a little back to their communities by simply “rounding up” their check total with the remaining change going to local charities. For every dollar raised, 91-cents go directly to the charities with only 9% earmarked for administrative and operational costs.
- Charitable Giving Foundation- http://www.charitablegivingfoundation.org/Featured%20Businesses/merchants
Customers Shop normally at the stores listed on their website and help charities without donating money. Customers never pay more and causes receive cash from merchants on % of sales.
November 11th is Veterans Day, which is a time to honor all members of the Armed Forces who have served, and fought for our country. Veterans have worked so diligently and sacrificed so much to protect us, keep our country safe, preserve our right to freedom, and protect our way of life in America. It is through their very sweat, blood, and tears that we as Americans have the freedoms to do and live as we wish. Although November 11th is just one day set aside to honor Veterans, we should all strive to donate to Veterans and honor them consistently for their valiant efforts.
1-800-Charity Cars, the nation’s leading car donation and distribution charity, provides vehicles to people in need. While we do serve a wide array of clients, the deserving Military families and Veterans have been awarded many vehicles over the years. We would like to encourage everyone to donate to Veterans and show your gratitude on this day.
Here is a list of some ways you can donate to Veterans on Veterans Day and show your gratitude for their service:
- Hang an American flag to show your support and honor veterans
- Visit a veteran’s hospital or rest home and brighten the day of the elderly or injured veterans by spending a little time with them.
- Support local businesses that are owned by Veterans. You can use buyveteran.com to locate them.
- Visit any number of local restaurants that will be hosting veteran’s day breakfast/ lunches/dinners and just shake their hands and thank them while they wait in line. If you have the means to do so pick up the tab for their meal or donate to Veterans.
The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, the nation’s leading car donation distribution charity, operates an amazing, and unique website www.freecharitycars.org, where people in need of viable transportation can sign up and apply for a free charity car. Today we would like to highlight one of our many car donation applicants to give you a glimpse of the people in need of a reliable means of transportation.
Jacksonville, Florida Car Donation Applicant: Janiera
Janiera, from Jacksonville, Florida, signed up through our vehicle distribution site on august 20, 2014, where she has applied for assistance in receiving a car. Here is a summary of her situation:
I joined Free Charity Cars because the affects of not having a car as a young person trying to find her way in the world was becoming overwhelming! Free Charity Cars seemed like such an excellent community to help other people in need as well as get help myself that I had to join. Man was I right!
As Halloween approaches and everyone is gearing up for some ghoulish good times, 1-800 Charity Cars, an award winning national vehicle donation and distribution charity, would like to offer a list of Halloween safety tips, ideas, and suggestions for a safe Halloween night.
Halloween is the day of costumes galore. Everyone will be dressing up in costume: infants, children, teenagers, adults, and even pets! Costumes can be humorous, scary, seductive, historical, or even political personas. We have included some tips to make sure you have a safe and fun Halloween!
- Make sure your costume is the right size and length to avoid any tripping hazards.
- Choose the appropriate type of costume for the event you are attending, to avoid any confusion or upset over the costume being too scary or racy for those in your company.
- Always remove any masks if you are out in your costume and have to enter a business, restaurant, or gas station for any reason. Sadly many people use costumes and Halloween to commit crimes, so it is better to avoid unnecessary fear by simply removing masks.
- Masks are fun, but they need to be well fitted. The person wearing it should be able to breathe and see perfectly so it doesn’t become a danger.
- Choose sensible, safe footwear. While many wear high heels, it is not a good idea if you plan on hitting the pavement to trick or treat. Shoes should fit well, laces double tied to avoid tripping or falling.
- Accessories are great additions to costumes, but choose wisely! Do not overload costumes with excessive accessories that will end up getting lost, left behind, or parents end up toting them all night. Also make sure any weapons are clearly fake. Rubber, or plastic and will not impose any harm.
Makeup, Face Paint, Adhesives
If you use any type of makeup, face paint, glue, or prosthetic, be sure to read all the directions and information on the packaging.
- Do not put anything on your face that is not intended for use on human skin.
- Be sure to be very careful with anything you use around your eyes.
- If any product you are using has a foul odor, it could be contaminated so dispose of it and purchase a new product.
- If trying a product for the first time then do a test on your forearm to check for any allergic reactions.
Making the decision to purchase a vehicle is not one to take lightly. This is a major purchase and you will want to spend your money wisely on such a large investment. Every person that is looking to purchase a used vehicle needs to be prepared to evaluate and test drive the car before making the choice to finalize the actual purchase. Used cars require more in depth evaluation than a new car.
1-800-Charity Cars, a national vehicle donation/distribution charity, wants to make certain that everyone deciding to purchase a used vehicle is aware that a thorough evaluation and test drive can ensure everyone gets the best vehicle for their budget.
Here is a list of tips for buying a used car:
RESEARCH, RESEARCH, AND RESEARCH
Take the time to do your research about the vehicle in which you are interested. Know what your budget is and what your needs are before you ever step foot on the lot. Walking onto a lot blindly, without research, can lead you down the path of making a purchase that you may not have wanted, needed, or could afford.
DON’T LET THEM RUSH YOU
Many dealerships will push you to have a 5-minute look over and a quick drive around the block. However, you’ll want to take at least 30 minutes to look over the vehicle, and a long enough test drive to evaluate the vehicle appropriately.
In 1992, USA Weekend Magazine started Make A Difference Day which is held the fourth Saturday of October across the United States in conjunction with the Points of Light organization. This is one of the largest National Days of community service meant for people to step up to the plate and help others.
On this day there will be millions of Americans who take time to participate in many different ways. 1-800-Charity Cars, an award-winning vehicle donation program, would like to ask you all to make a commitment to become involved this Make A Difference Day.
We have composed the following list of ideas, and resources that you can use to get involved: