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Good News Garage seeks December donations

Erika Paine said having a car was the last piece of the puzzle for her to feel like an ‘independent, contributing member of society.’ (Observer courtesy photo)
Erika Paine said having a car was the last piece of the puzzle for her to feel like an ‘independent, contributing member of society.’ (Observer courtesy photo)

Williston drop-off site Dec. 29-31
Good News Garage is looking for car donations during the last few days of December. All vehicle donations to Good News Garage are tax deductible, up to fair market value if the vehicle is awarded to a family. All donations made by Dec. 31 are eligible for tax year 2015, and Good News Garage will accept any vehicle – running or not.
Good News Garage has set a December donation challenge of receiving 275 vehicles by Dec. 31. That’s a 7 percent increase over last year. All donations directly benefit local families who are working to move towards economic independence. In 2014, Good News Garage awarded 214 vehicles to those in need; people like Erika Paine who received a 2003 Subaru Forester in October.
“Having my own car has made such a difference for me and my daughter,” Paine said. “I’m getting a promotion at work because I was able to drive to training in Boston. Now I’m able to work 40 hours a week, because I don’t have to rely on public transportation or friends or family for rides. I hope people realize how much their unwanted car helps. Having my own car is the last piece of the puzzle for me to feel like an independent, contributing member of society.”
In addition to accepting vehicles at its office at 331 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington, Good News Garage will also be accepting vehicles at Hirchak’s Auction House at 298 James Brown Drive in Williston Tuesday, Dec. 29 through Thursday, Dec. 31. On Dec. 29 and 30, Good News Garage will be open extended hours for people to drop off their vehicles.
“This is a busy time of year for everyone. We wanted to make it even easier for folks to donate and to support Good News Garage,” said Bob Buckley, GNG director of operations. “Setting up right at the auction house means that individuals can just drive up and drop off their vehicles.”
Drop-off Days hours at Hirchak’s will be Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drop-off hours at the Burlington office, which is located at 331 North Winooski Avenue, will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 29 and 30. Drop-off hours for Thursday, Dec. 31 will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at both locations. Snacks and drinks will be available, and all donors will be entered in a raffle to win prizes including a repair package gift certificate from the Good News Garage, and gift certificates to restaurants, including Bluebird Barbeque, and other retailers.
Vehicle donations can also be made online at www.goodnewsgarage.org or by calling toll-free 877-GIVE-AUTO (877-448-3288). Good News Garage accepts all vehicles—any make, model and age—running or not including cars, trucks, van, luxury vehicles, campers and RVs, boats and jet skis (with trailers), motorcycles and mopeds, golf carts and scooters, riding lawnmowers and antique and specialty vehicles. Donated luxury and specialty vehicles or cars that are too costly to repair are sold at auction with the proceeds funding repairs on other more suitable cars.