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Car donated to MacDill Airman

by Senior Airman Robin Drake
Thunderbolt staff writer

One Airman from MacDill received a welcome donation from Charity Cars, Inc. when the organization provided him with a new vehicle Feb. 21.

As a non-profit organization its mission is to provide vehicles and support services to assist disadvantaged families in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency.

The Charity Cars program has branched out to provide assistance to military families in financial distress.

The Family Support Center helped Charity Cars in the search for a military member who met the criteria required to receive the vehicle.

"The selection was based on the financial need and the circumstances of that individual," said Katy L. Thornton, Family Support Center director.

Participation in the program requires an individual to complete the application form and have the retainability of at least one year left of time in service.

Once an individual is selected and has possession of the vehicle, routine vehicle maintenance must be accomplished.

The vehicle is registered and titled in the recipient's name, but Charity Cars retains the lien for a period of one year so the vehicle cannot be sold. Additionally, the license plate, the down payment for insurance, an emergency roadside assistance membership and a service warranty are provided.

"An employee of Lockheed Martin Corporation donated the car so we thought it would be a good match," said Brian Menzies, Charity Cars, Inc. president.

Anyone interested in additional information on donating a vehicle can call 800-242-7489, or visit www.800charitycars.org.




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