August Is National Eye Exam Month

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In 1989, Sears Optical founded National Eye Exam Month. Since that time, ophthalmologists and optometrists have used it to promote eye safety. This is important because, unfortunately, an eye exam is often at the bottom of a person’s to do list. This month is a time to spread awareness about the importance of taking care of one’s eye health. It is important to regard one’s eye health in the same way as any other areas of health.

1-800-Charity Cars, conductors of an award winning vehicle donation program, would like to share some very important reasons to motivate you to observe National Eye Exam month:

  1. Some eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or cataracts, will sometimes show no symptoms and you may need an exam to discover these irregularities. Detecting them early can prevent you from suffering severe eye damage.
  2. Often times reoccurring headaches can be due to an underlying eye condition, such as glaucoma or papilledema.
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1-800-Charity Cars Partners with Recycled Car Donation Program

1-800-Charity Cars, national recycled car donation charity, was recently featured on WJBK Fox 2 News in Detroit for its partnership with the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides program. Thankful donation recipients are shown receiving the keys and sitting in the driver’s seat of their very own cars at a recent vehicle giveaway. The video clip also describes the process that the recycled car donation program uses to partner with local charity affiliates, auto body shops, mechanics, and others to give people the gift of reliable transportation. You can read about car donation recipient Debra Gregory in the article on WJBK Fox 2 News.

If you have a car that you are looking to get rid of, consider making a recycled car donation to us today and you can help change the lives of struggling families. You can see the impact that your vehicle donation can have on the lives of others, when Estelle sees her very own car for the first time.

1-800-Charity Cars accepts vehicles in any condition nationwide, running or not, with free towing provided. Give us a call at 1-800-CHARITY (1-800-242-7489 x 2) or use our convenient online vehicle donation form. You can also make a monetary donation through JustGive or PayPal.

10 Back to School Tips for Parents

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The long, hot, lazy days of summer are rapidly coming to an end as schools are gearing up to be back in session. This can be a very stressful time for children and parents. 1-800-Charity Cars, a vehicle donation/distribution program that services the entire United States, would like to offer you the following list of 10 Back to School Tips for Parents:

  1. Get Bedtime Back on Track- Try not to wait until the night before the first day of school to enforce school night bedtimes. To make things easier on the kids, and yourself, start enforcing school night bedtimes at least a week prior to the start of the first day of school.
  2. Have Lists in Hand- When you head out to do your back to school shopping, make sure you have your lists in hand. Make a list of what your kids need when it comes to clothing, shoes, and school supplies. Having this list with you while shopping will make sure everyone gets what they need and you do not have to make repeat trips.
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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, 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.

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Parents’ Day

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In 1994, former President Bill Clinton declared the fourth Sunday of July as National Parents’ Day. This day, unlike Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, which are centered on gift giving, is a day to honor parents for their commitment, hard work, and dedication to raising their children. It is also about parents celebrating their entire family unit by showing mutual love and appreciation through spending time together.

1-800-Charity Cars, operators of the largest free non-profit car donation and distribution program in the nation, compiled the following list of five ways to celebrate Parents’ Day:

  1. Plan a family breakfast or dinner and have everyone prepare the meal together.
  2. Take time on this day to sit and reflect on your family. Discuss what makes your family special, and what each person feels is the best thing about your family.
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How To Change A Flat Tire: A Step-by-Step guide

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No matter what may cause a driver to be stranded on the side of the road, each time it happens it is a horrible feeling and every driver dreads it. It is even worse when the reason you are stranded could have been easily handled on your own, such as a flat tire. Knowing how to change a flat tire on your own can save you time and trouble, if you ever find yourself in this situation.

1-800-Charity Cars, America’s leading car donation charity, would like to provide you with the following step-by-step instructions on how to change a flat tire:

  1. Get your vehicle to the safest place possible, out of harm’s way and avoid hills.
  2. Turn on the hazard lights.
  3. Shut off the engine, set the emergency/parking brake and use any emergency devices you may have (signs, triangles, flares, etc.)
  4. Find the jack, tools, and spare tire. If you are unsure where the items are located, refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for their location.
  5. If you have a hubcap, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove it.
  6. Loosen the lug nuts with the tire iron/lug wrench slightly, one at a time in a counter clockwise direction.
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8 Bicycle Safety Tips

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It seems that many people believe wearing a helmet is all that encompasses bicycle safety. Wearing a helmet is vital to protect oneself while riding a bike in the event of an accident, but it is not the only thing a cyclist should do. Traveling safely among motor vehicle traffic and doing everything you can to avoid any possible collisions with vehicles should also be a primary focus.

Today 1-800-Charity Cars provides the following list of eight bicycle safety tips to get you to your destination safely:
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10 Unique Ways To Make Extra Money

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It seems everyone is looking for ways to make a little extra money on the side. This extra money could be needed to help make ends meet, cover unexpected expenses, medical costs, etc. It can be hard for people who work full time jobs to take on second jobs. It is equally difficult to find something to do on the side that can be done at their convenience or fit into their already filled schedules. 1-800 Charity Cars, operators of the nation’s leading vehicle donation program, has compiled the following list of creative ways to make extra money.

  1. Apply with a temporary agency to pick up odd jobs. You will be able to try out many different types of jobs and work when it is convenient for you.
  2. Sign up to be a part of medical research studies. You can visit the National Institutes Of Health site and see what is available in your area
  3. Turn your car into a rolling billboard and get paid for advertising. Just visit or
  4. Take whatever skills you have and do freelance work. Just sign up on a site like elance.
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Highlighting Those in Need: Marie from California

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1-800-Charity Cars, the nations leading car donation/distribution program since 1996, created the website. This is a place where struggling families from across the country can sign up and apply for a free charity car. Today, we would like to share the story of one of our car donation applicants who applied for a vehicle donation.

Marie applied for assistance on our vehicle distribution website on June 3, 2013. Here is a glimpse into the situation that has led to her needing a helping hand to obtain a reliable vehicle:

“I lost my 1995 Chevy Corsica due to a blown head gasket and the repairs were out of my financial reach. I need to be able to get around on my own again. I also need to see my doctor, as I have not been able to get to the doctor since I lost my car.”

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5 Surefire Ways to Have a Great Day

Life is short, and the little time that we have should be spent having as many great days and moments as possible. 1-800 Charity Cars, a vehicle donation/distribution program that services the entire United States, would like to provide you with 5 surefire ways to have a great day.

Count Your Blessings

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One way to get in the great day zone is to take at least a minute every morning before your day starts to truly count your blessings. The number one blessing should be that you woke up, you’re breathing, and you’re blessed with another day. Take stock of the good in your life and what you are fortunate to have been blessed with. Good friends, a loving spouse, beautiful children, success in your education/career, food on the table, and a roof over your head are all blessings. Whatever you have been blessed with, take it in, and allow these blessings to motivate you. Start your day positively by focusing on the good in your life.

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