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Give the Gift of Wheels this Season

November 23, 2007

Charleston, WV – Charitable giving "revs up" this time of year, with the holidays and tax time right around the corner, and if you're looking to get some extra "mileage" out of a donation in West Virginia, consider giving away your old car.

The Good News Mountaineer Garage in Charleston fixes up donated cars, and then passes them along to West Virginians who are receiving public assistance and need the wheels to find jobs. Garage director Barbara Bayes says the program has a great track record.

"We've been doing this for six years, and we have helped over 600 people receive cars. We did two studies and found that 70 percent of the people who received vehicles moved completely off the welfare system within a year."

Bayes says donating your car is a great holiday gift to your community, as well as a healthy end-of-year contribution for your taxes.

"You're helping somebody help themselves, and people like to do that. But on a practical level, if you itemize your federal taxes, you get to deduct the fair market value of that vehicle in your itemized deductions."

Bayes believes a lack of transportation is one of the main obstacles for people seeking employment and explains the garage's goal this year is get at least 75 cars donated this holiday season.

Rob Ferrett/John Robinson, Public News Service - WV