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posted: 11/15/2012 11:04 AM

Bridge Communities seeking car donations

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Auto donations are urgently needed for families throughout DuPage County in Bridge Communities' Transitional Housing Program.

"We always need cars, but we need them now more than ever," said Bridge Program Director Karen Stewart. "As of today, we have six families in need of safe, reliable transportation."

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Stewart explains that Bridge Communities almost never sells donated cars for cash; most cars donated to Bridge are thoroughly inspected and repaired by a local auto repair shop, then are given to Bridge families who need safe, reliable transportation.

Only cars beyond reasonable repair are sold, with the funds going to Bridge Communities.

"This is a great time of year to donate, because if you donate by Dec. 31, you can claim the donation on this year's tax return. Your tax write-off becomes someone else's lifeline to a job and, ultimately, a better future."

Bridge client families need to get to work to earn money and put away savings; get their kids to and from school and activities to maintain stability in their otherwise stressful lives; and to travel to the grocery store and laundromat at least once a week.

Anyone interested in donating a car to Bridge Communities should contact Stewart at (630) 545-0610, ext. 17, or karen.stewart@bridgecommunities.org. Donations are tax deductible.

Bridge Communities Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming the lives of homeless families in DuPage County through partnering with talented, resourceful individuals and groups in the community.

Its program of transitional housing, mentoring and supportive services empowers the families to increase life skills and earning power to promote self-sufficiency, sustain permanent housing, and to break the cycle of poverty within the family unit.

For information, visit www.bridgecommunities.org.

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