By David N. O’Steen, Jr.
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Through the years, Autos for Life has received a huge variety of vehicle donations, including classic and luxury cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, family cars, boats, jet skis, and motorcycles.
But recently, we received a BEAUTIFUL 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GT from a loyal supporter in Virginia. The car had been his grandfather’s car, and had been passed on to him after his grandfather’s passing, so obviously there was a sentimental attachment to the vehicle.
After speaking with the donor over the phone several times, I decided that I should go pick the car up in person which I often do. I knew that this donation meant a lot to the donor, and also came to find out that his grandfather would have wanted the car to go to National Right to Life as well.
The car had been sitting for over a year untouched. Not started, not driven, not moved. Left exactly as it was when last parked, and yes, I have a good idea of when and why that was.
The meeting with the donor was an emotional one as you’d expect, and I can honestly say that he was one of the nicest and most down-to-earth people that I have ever met! Well, after a little fiddling with the car, it was time to try and start it.
To both our surprise, not only did we get it started, but it ran BEAUTIFULLY!!!
So after visiting for a short time more, it was time to bring the car back. Pulling away from the donor’s house, I saw him in the rearview mirror looking happy, and a little sad at the same time. However, I had assured him that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of his grandfather’s Pontiac would be put to use saving the lives of unborn babies and the most vulnerable members of our society.
I absolutely love stories like this! Isn’t it AMAZING that the donation of a car, or truck, or motorcycle, can help save innocent lives?
If you or anyone that you know has a vehicle that they would like to donate to further our life saving work, please contact David N. O’Steen Jr. at (240) 418-8860 or (202) 626-8823, or firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember that you will receive a tax deduction for the full sale amount!
We at National Right to Life are so grateful for each of these special gifts. Please keep them coming! The generosity of our supporters is truly fantastic!