Donations down for nonprofit that awards cars to the needy

WCAX

December 20, 2018
Donations down for nonprofit that awards cars to the needy
 
















BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) 
A Burlington mom got an early Christmas gift Wednesday.

"I don't really think that there's quite a way for me to explain and express how thankful I am," Kaitlyn Jacobs said.

Jacobs is a single mother to her 5-year-old daughter. She receives state assistance but couldn't afford to fix her car to pass inspection.

"Asking for rides, family members, bus sometimes, doing what I have to do," Jacobs said.

Getting herself to work and class, doctors' appointments and taking her daughter to school have been difficult.

But thanks to Good News Garage, Jacobs now has a reliable mode of transportation.

"We hear from car recipients how life-changing it is to receive a vehicle," said Amy Barcomb of Good News Garage.

Good News Garage has provided more than 5,000 free cars to low-income Vermonters. Barcomb says they have a long list of people waiting for vehicles. The organization works with the state to find low-income Vermonters who are qualified recipients. The Garage relies on donated cars to repair and then give away. But this year has been difficult for donations.

"This December we're really down on vehicle donations," she said.

Barcomb says November and December are usually the biggest months for car donations. Right now, they're down 33 percent or 250 vehicles short of their goal of 550 by the end of the year.

"So every donation matters to us," Barcomb said.

Jacobs says she's grateful to have been selected to receive her car. She was headed to pick up her daughter from school.

"We talked about it quite a bit today," Jacobs said. "I don't really think she gets it but I think once she sees it, she'll be pretty excited."

Click here for more information on how to qualify for a vehicle or how to donate one.

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