Past Recipient: Estelle from Orlando, FL

car donation recipientEstelle suffers from a progressive disease of the lungs called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This disease makes it very difficult to breathe. Estelle’s COPD causes her to have numerous doctors’ appointments. She collects disability because of her inability to work due to the disease, which leaves her on a tight, fixed income. Her budget made it very hard to save money for a car. When she finally managed to save enough money for a car, she was the victim of a scam. She never received the vehicle that she paid for. Estelle is often reliant on rides from friends and neighbors. She’s forced to use public transportation, but due to her disease, walking to and from the distant bus stops is very difficult.

Car Donation Recipient 2On May 15th, 2014, Estelle became a car donation recipient when she received a call from 1-800-Charity Cars.
“I could hardly talk because I was so happy!” said Estelle, as she recalled her reaction to receiving the call. She was extremely excited when 1-800-Charity Cars CEO and founder, Brian Menzies, took her to see her very own 2006 Hyundai Sonata; “From the city bus, to something nice like this!”

She feels blessed and is very thankful to have the ability to attend her medical appointments and grocery shopping without having to rely on friends or public transportation. “Thank you donor, you just made my day! You don’t know what you’ve done for me!” exclaimed Estelle, as she expressed her gratitude.

You can witness Estelle’s heartwarming reaction to receiving the car in the video below:

Donors help us create moments like this for struggling families through their wonderful generosity. When you donate to 1-800-Charity Cars you are helping to change the lives of the medically needy, veteran families, victims of domestic violence and many more. Car donations, running or not, help our 100% non-profit charity make a difference. Donate to help change a life and receive a deductible receipt you can claim on your taxes. If we can provide your vehicle to a family, you will receive a full fair market value tax deduction. To donate, call 1-800-242-7489, utilize our easy online form, or make monetary donations through JustGive and PayPal at