It’s the Thought (and the Car) that Counts!

New York, NY
December 5, 2007

In this traditional season of gift-giving, if it really is the thought that counts, then please think about this:

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or even the Seinfeldian sitcom holiday of "Festus," your old-model car may truly be better for you to give than receive, especially if you donate it to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). If holiday plans have you toying with the idea of trading yours in to a car dealer and visions of dollars dancing in your head like sugar plums, or even dreidels, then the NKF's Kidney Car Program may be able to help you realize an even sweeter deal.

Here's how it works (even if that old car doesn't): when you donate a used car, van, truck or boat to the Kidney Cars Program, your vehicle is sold for cash that will fund programs in research, patient services, organ donation and public education. Not only will you'll be helping others, but you'll be helping yourself too, since your contribution may earn you a tax deduction.

In fact, 84% percent of Americans who donated vehicles to the NKF Kidney Cars Program last year itemized their tax returns, and maximized a charitable deduction for their contribution. So, your most memorable holiday offering could be one that saves lives and saves money.

Donating your used car, truck, van or boat is almost as easy as a sleigh ride, and last year, nearly 75,000 Americans chose the Kidney Cars Program. All you need to do is call 1-800-488-CARS (2277) and you'll receive a packet, with a self-addressed envelope that'll expedite mailing back the vehicle's signed title and odometer statement. Once you return the completed packet, the Foundation will contact you and arrange a free pick-up. Vehicles are sold either at auction or for parts, and 67% of the proceeds go directly to supporting the work of the National Kidney Foundation.

For more information, or to donate your car, van, truck or boat, click here

And remember—if giving is truly better than receiving, then you deserve a tax deduction.