Salvation Army needs 30 cars in 30 days | News
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG)- The Salvation Army of Augusta is in desperate need of donations for the
organization's auto auction scheduled for June 1. Since 2002, The Salvation
Army Auto Auction has been one of the organization's largest fundraiser's of the
year. Proceeds from the auction directly support social services for those in need
in the Greater Augusta Area. The Auction specifically supports the Drug and
Alcohol Rehabilitation program, a 9-month residential treatment program offered
free of charge and serving over 80 individuals every year.
Currently, only 10 vehicles have been donated for the June auction. In order to
hold the June auction, 30 more cars, trucks, boats, RVs, or scooters must be
donated. The organization faults the economy and the increased demand for used
vehicles for the drop in donations. "We understand that times are tough for a
lot of people" says Captain Tony Perez. "…Even more so for those with a
substance abuse problem and that's where we come in. This program saves lives,"
organization cannot collect enough vehicles within the next 30 days, the
auction may have to be canceled. A loss of revenue in the summer will stretch
the organization's ability to continue admitting men for rehabilitation.
"Curriculum will be affected. We may not be able to afford the transportation,
drug testing, group meetings, meals and shelter," explains Program Manager,
Salvation Army asks that anyone wanting to donate a used vehicle call the
auction coordinator at 706.826.7933. This year, each person who donates a vehicle
will receive a free, 3-month Individual Gold Membership to The Salvation Army
Kroc Center. Donations are tax-deductible and free pick up is available. Please
call or visit www.SalvationArmyCars.com for more information.
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