If Cars Could Talk … An Inside Look at Why People Donate Cars


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If cars could talk …

SO: What are you in for?

CV: Oh, I’m getting a physical. They’ll look under the hood, check my fluids, check my mechanical systems and generally ensure that I’m in good working order. How about you?

SO: Same thing. The volunteers and staff here at the C.A.R.S. Ministry already looked at me and they were thorough. By the way, I’m Subaru Outback.

CV: Glad to meet you. They call me Chevy Venture. So what brings you here?

SO: Well, after many good years together, my family decided it was time for me to go on a missions trip of sorts. They had multiple cars and wanted to help a single mom or a family in need of reliable transportation. As members of Willow Creek Community Church, they had heard stories over the years about how families just like ours donated their vehicles to the C.A.R.S. Ministry and how that had a profound impact on the families that received them.

CV: Wow, my family felt the same way. Mom said that her dad died when she was eight and her mom had a tough time financially. As an adult, she said that when she and dad were ready to get a new vehicle, it just felt like the right thing to do to donate me and help someone facing similar hardships. I am the second car they have donated. This ministry is one my family believes in.

SO: Helping and giving are priorities in my family too. As my dad shared, “Our daughter and her husband donated a car two years ago. This motivated us. Volunteering and giving are priorities of ours. It’s our responsibility to help others.”

While the talking cars part of this story may be fictitious, the information contained in the above scenario comes from actual families who have donated vehicles to the C.A.R.S. Ministry. The ministry accepts vehicles of all shapes and sizes, all model years and in any condition. Note that even cars that don’t run can be donated. Vehicles appropriate to meeting the needs of families in need, particularly single moms, are serviced and given away. Others are sold to fund repairs and support the ongoing operations of the C.A.R.S. Ministry. All donations are tax deductible.

Next Steps

For more information on donating a car to the C.A.R.S. Ministry, please contact Dan Hybels or call (224) 512-1116. Also check out the Online Donation Form. For more information on serving in the C.A.R.S. Ministry, please contact John Gingerich, call (224) 512-2074 or sign up online.

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