Donating a used car to the American Red Cross is an excellent choice. The Red Cross provides disaster relief to people across the globe. A nonprofit agency, they are dependent on donations to support their disaster relief efforts. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the American Red Cross was one of the first agencies on the scene, providing shelter and food to thousands of people who were left homeless. They respond to earthquakes and other natural disasters worldwide and their work has been continuing for over 100 years.
The vehicle donation program for the American Red Cross supplies a significant amount of funding for their relief efforts. When you donate your car, the charity sells it and uses the cash proceeds to continue their work. It is easy to donate a used car, certainly easier than selling it yourself. Older used cars usually don’t have much trade in value, but if you donate your car, you are eligible for a tax deduction equal to the cash value of your car. For many people this saves time and money.
With the problems in the economy, cash donations are down, but the need for services is still present. Natural disasters can occur at anytime, anywhere. Auto donations help to insure that the American Red Cross will be available when they are called upon. Their efforts relieve suffering that is unimaginable to most of us. One way to be grateful for your good fortune is to make a gift of your old car.
Many vehicle donation programs also accept RVs, SUVs, boats, motorcycles and farm and construction equipment. With the high cost of maintaining a boat, there has been a recent trend to abandon them. Why not donate that boat to the American Red Cross instead? If your motorcycle has been sitting in the garage for 2 years, unused, make a gift of it. You will receive tax benefits while disposing of property you no longer need.
You may think that a disaster will never happen to you, but it can happen to anyone. Support the American Red Cross so that, if you ever need them, they will be there.