Connecticut Car Donation Recipient: Lillian

Connecticut Car Donation Recipient LillianConnecticut car donation recipient, Lillian, is an 81 year old female who has been a Foster Mother for 41 years, and fostered/adopted over 122 children within that time frame. She began fostering children back in 1973 when her oldest son’s friend was put out on the streets by his parents and she took him in. It was at that time she felt her calling in life was to take care of children in need of a loving home. She and her husband contacted the Department Of Children And Family Services and officially became licensed foster parents. 

Sadly, her husband passed away in 1994, and they had adopted 7 of the foster children by that time. Lillian still continued to help children in need, and adopted one more after her husband’s death. She was also a caregiver to her youngest son, whom despite being told he would not live beyond 17 years age, lived to be 30 years old under her care. She was a caregiver to her brother as well, who passed away in March of 2008.

Lillian has spent the majority of her life caring for those in need, and even through such tremendous personal losses still continued to care for and help those in need. She has been such a blessing to so many. So much so that a sibling group she welcomed into her home in 2013 reported to the DCFS that Lillian had changed their lives, and they would forever be grateful to her.

Lillian had been without a car for a few years, and it was a struggle trying to care for everyone without reliable transportation. Residing in a rural area where there was no public transportation made for an even more profound hardship. Her love for taking care of the children, and the difficulties of not being able to do so in the manner she needed to without a car led her to seek help with transportation.
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Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week

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The general public is well aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but many do not realize that the third week of October is for men. This week is meant to educate and spread male breast cancer awareness. Statistically speaking, women are more likely to develop breast cancer, but thousands of men are also affected. It is important that men focus on breast health, early detection, and breast exams, just as women should.

The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, the nation’s leading vehicle donation program, would like to offer some information about men and breast cancer that will help to educate, spread awareness, and encourage men to focus on their own breast health.

Male Breast Cancer Statistics According To The American Cancer Society:

  • 1% of breast cancer cases are men
  • Over 2000 men are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year
  • Over 450 men die every year from Breast Cancer
  • They estimate that about 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed during 2014
  • They estimate that about 430 of those men will die from breast cancer during 2014

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Highlighting Those in Need of a Car Donation: Breast Cancer Patients

The Original 1-800-Charity Cars is a 501(C)(3) non-profit vehicle donation charity and the operators of where people in need of reliable transportation nationwide can come to our vehicle distribution site where they are able 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 medical issues while awaiting a car donation. Breast cancer affects many men and women throughout the country. Today, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to highlight some of our car donation applicants whose lives have been affected by Breast Cancer.

Margaret Chadwick (Bcancerfighter) 
from Tennessee, applied on 08/09/14

car donation breast cancer applicant

I’m a 39 year old mother of 4 and Grandmother of 2 amazing kids. I’m a single mother. I’m disabled and have been fighting with social security to get my disability back for 2 years now. I have a 13 year old son with learning and mental disabilities as well. I’m also battling triple negative breast cancer and praying February 2015 will be my last chemotherapy treatment. I have no vehicle and receive $65.00 a week child support for my 13 year old son. I feel like such a burden to everyone if I have to ask for a ride to get dropped off for chemo or to take my son to his doctor appointments. I have to have surgery on my spine but I can’t have anything done about my back until I’m completely done with chemo. If I were to somehow have a car donated for me and my child I would want to donate it back once my disability is approved and I could purchase a car on my own. My son showed me this website and said it wouldn’t hurt to try to get some sort of transportation help. I feel like I’m dying on days where I have to walk to and from my 3 hour treatments. I don’t need a new car, any car would be great no matter the age, color, damage or brand. We could use prayers as well. Thank you for letting me share my story here.

Brenda Witherington (aaoaaoaaoaao) 
from Illinois,
 applied on 01/21/14

breast cancer car donation applicant

I was diagnosed with terminal, Stage IV breast cancer that has spread to my spine. I don’t own a car and I live about 25 miles to the nearest cancer treatment center. So far I have been depending on family and friends to get to treatment but it is difficult for them since they work. My treatments can take up to 3 hours, so it is hard for them to get time off work to wait for me. I am on disability and my income is extremely low so it is hard for me to save up much to get a car. Due to my low income, I also can’t get an auto loan. I need to have treatments to stay alive. My son and my mother (who has advanced stage Parkinson’s) need me. I will eventually die from this disease but I need to stay alive as long as I can for them. The average life expectancy with this stage of disease is 30 months. However, many people have lived for 5 years with good treatment…some have even lived for 10 years. Missing treatments gives the cancer the best chance at progression to other organs. I am also a U.S. Army veteran. I joined when I was 18 and was honorably discharge after incurring an injury. I want to thank anyone in advance for helping to stay alive.
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Think Pink For October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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While most of us are “thinking orange” for October with Halloween on the horizon, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everyone is encouraged to Think Pink! This month is meant to help spread awareness, bring more attention to the cause, and educate everyone on the importance of breast health, testing, early detection, and treatment for breast cancer.

This month of awareness for breast cancer is so crucial because there is insufficient knowledge about breast cancer. Early detection of this disease is vital and if detected early those affected stand a good chance of survival, however, if it is detected too late typically no options are available at that point.

The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, the nation’s leader of vehicle donation programs, wants to share the following list of ways you can be an active participant in Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

  • READ AND/OR SHARE STORIES: Through reading the stories of others, and/or sharing our own, we can learn so much and help others at the same time. It is nice to know that no matter what you are going through, you are not alone and a little support can go a long way. Visit where you can read others stories, and share your own.
  • EDUCATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS: Education about any disease plays a vital part in not only understanding it, but learning how to protect yourself. Visit and watch their online comprehensive video series about breast cancer, and share it with those you know.
  • CREATE YOUR OWN EARLY DETECTION PLAN: Sometimes we must take action before anything happens. Setting up your own early detection plan is a great way to be proactive in your own breast health! You can visit and utilize their online plan creator to make your own, and take control over your early detection plan!
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Fall To Do List: How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

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Now that the lazy days of summer are behind us and we have officially begun the fall season, it’s time to prepare your home for winter and the colder weather that is rapidly approaching. Taking the time to get your home and yard prepared for fall can save you time, money, frustration, and even save lives!

1-800 Charity Cars, the nations leading vehicle donation/distribution charity, would like to provide you with the following list to help you prepare your home for winter:

Fall To Do List

  • Draft Check- Inspect all doors and windows in your home for any drafts. Seal any holes or cracks that you find. Replace any worn weather stripping that may be the cause of the drafts. Doing this will help reduce your heating bills and keep you warm.
  • Fireplace/Chimney- Clean out your fireplace. Remove all debris, ash, and charred wood remnants. Contact a chimney sweep, and have them come out and inspect your fireplace and chimney. This will ensure that you are ready to safely use your fireplace.
  • Get Firewood Ready- If you use firewood, it’s a good idea to get stocked up early. If you have wood left from last year, be sure to place it on top of your new wood and use it first. Always make sure your wood is insect free before bringing into your home or storing it near your home.
  • Central Heating System- Change the filters in your furnace, clean all of the vents, and make sure all vents/intakes are clear of blockage from any furniture, curtains, or other items. Be sure to schedule an annual check up of your heating system to make sure all systems are in good condition before it is time to fire up the furnace.
  • Window Air Conditioners- If you use window air conditioners, now is the time to remove them from your windows. Clean and store them for next year.
  • Inspect Plumbing- Check your pipes and faucets. Repair any leaks or worn pipes now before the cold weather hits.
  • Summer Items Cleanup- Clean and store all your summer items such as outdoor furniture and summer toys.
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Highlighting New Charity Car Donation Applicants

1-800-Charity Cars is a non-profit car donation charity and the operator of Nationwide, people in need of reliable transportation are able to apply for a free charity car. We have individuals across the country that sign up on our vehicle distribution site to apply for assistance with transportation daily. Today, we would like to highlight some of our most recent car donation applicants and share their stories with you.

Jennifer Plaufcan (jennielynn83) 
from New Castle, Pennsylvania
 Applied on 09/28/14 

car donation applicant
My name is Jennifer, or Jennie for short. I recently separated from my abusive husband of 15 years. I was diagnosed with P.T.S.D. and cannot work. I spend most of my time crying and wishing my life could get better. I need a car…. I am a good person and have a big heart and need some help to get my life back on track. I want to go back to school in conjunction with counseling and get back to working and being a productive part of society. 

Gary Crouse II (Nativehalfbreed)
 from Jamestown, New York
 Applied on 09/28/14
car donation applicant
My Name is Gary, I am a 39-year-old single father of 2 boys who live me; both are under the age of 12. I normally do odd jobs because I live in a small town where jobs are very scarce. Having next to no money, and now no vehicle to make money I am feeling really hopeless and lost. I don’t have family I can rely on and the ones that could help don’t even live in the area. I basically am the only one that handles everything between doctors’ appointments, school, shopping, and home life.
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National Good Neighbor Day, Sept. 28th

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Having good neighbors and being a good neighbor can be a great blessing in your life. We often turn to our neighbors for advice, to borrow something, to help with our children, watch our homes while we are away, help with our pets, and even enjoy the occasional backyard get together.

Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana, created national Good Neighbor Day back in the early 1970’s. Becky realized the importance of having and being a good neighbor. Congressman Mike Mansfield aided Ms. Mattson in getting former Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter to issue proclamations, as well as many governors. Former President Jimmy carter issued proclamation 4601 in 1978 as follows:

“As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation, and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

1-800 Charity Cars, the United States leading vehicle donation/distribution charity, would like to offer you the following list of suggestions for celebrating National Good Neighbor Day:
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10 Quick Car Washing Tips

Quick Car Washing Tips

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Washing your car is essential to maintaining the health of your vehicle’s paint, finish and exterior. Keeping your car clean can help avoid rusting, deterioration, and keep your paint job top notch. 1-800-Charity Cars, through many years of awarding over 5,000 free donated vehicles to families in need, understands the importance of having a dependable vehicle and how caring for that vehicle inside and out can increase the longevity of its lifespan. Here are a few quick car washing tips to help you care for your vehicle:


Be sure you set aside one day of each month to wash your car. One day each month should be sufficient to keeping the exterior of your vehicle clean and healthy. If you live or drive through areas where your car is exposed to tar, bugs, bird droppings, etc., then you may need to wash more frequently. Leaving any of these contaminants on your vehicle can destroy the exterior of the vehicle.


Avoid washing your vehicle on the pavement, since doing so can cause the run off to enter storm drains and cause contamination. Wash your car in the yard where the soil will act as natural filtration for the water runoff.
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September Is Hunger Action Month

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In 2008 Feeding America established Hunger Action Month in September. The purpose of this month is to encourage everyone to get involved in their respective communities with hunger-relief.

1-800 Charity Cars, America’s leading car donation charity, would like to help spread awareness about Hunger Action Month by providing you the following information.


  • One in six people face hunger in the United States.
  • One in eight Americans are relying on assistance from food banks.
  • One out of every seven people are receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits in the United States, formerly known as food stamps.
  • 49 million American households were food insecure in 2013 according to the USDA.
  • The USDA discovered that 20% of homes with children, and 9% with the elderly are food insecure.
  • The struggle for food in America is not due to a lack of food. It is due to so many households living in poverty.

Ways to Get Involved During Hunger Action Month

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National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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1-800-Charity Cars, conductors of the vehicle donation site, want to acknowledge that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This month is meant to spread awareness about childhood cancers and help raise funds for research and to assist the children and their families.


  • 1 in every 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer.
  • In the United States, 1 out of every 5 children diagnosed with cancer will not survive.
  • The leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 is childhood cancer.
  • According to the ACCO, 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease.


  • Leukemia
  • Brain Tumors
  • Central nervous system tumors
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Wilms tumor
  • Lymphoma (including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Bone cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ewing sarcoma

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