Today is National Cat Day believe it or not.
We tried very hard to resist our cat posting impulses, but to no avail.
Especially because you simply need to see this hilarious photo of our cat in our parking lot in our recently donated fire truck (more about that).
What are you doing?! What does he think he is going to find in there?
No worries folks, this truck is not currently running, so no harm can come to this silly little feline.
With the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy almost upon us, we’ve been digging through the mountains of cars we were sad to receive. We have been looking for any data that could shed light on who and where were the hardest hit locations. We were also looking for any useful information that could help people protect themselves from the glut of flooded cars that have overwhelmed the used car industry. Unscrupulous dealers may try to pass these off as regular used cars.
The full guide to avoiding these cars is coming in a few days, so STAY TUNED for that, but we wanted to share a few of the images we discovered:
Beautiful sports car crushed by a falling tree
Another victim of falling trees
Condensation inside a car window is an important warning sign that a car has been flooded:
Another important warning sign is rust along the door frames:
Keep an eye out as well for sand on the seats:
It’s really sad to see these otherwise excellent cars destroyed like this. You can feel the heartache of the owners of these cars and you just wonder what else they suffered at the hands of this truly devastating storm.
Scary moment this morning in our office as a monster storm rolled in.
Watching the lightning out of the windows, we were fascinated by the power of the storm.
One enterprising employee set up a camera to film the lightning. He never expected to catch lightning striking our building.
Everyone is safe thankfully, but we all had quite a scare.
Minor damage to the wall, a few wires, and some of our servers.
More pictures are available on the Kars For Kids Facebook page, where you can make us feel better by giving us a LIKE!
At Kars for kids, we have wonderful towers that pick up Kars for us all over the country. One of them shared an interesting story with us recently.
In operation since 1974, All Auto of San Francisco picks up cars within San Francisco and San Mateo counties. All Auto operates two tow trucks full time, but has a dedicated tow truck owner operator with 15 years of experience in handling car donations. All Auto has seen a lot of interesting stuff left behind in the cars it tows, for instance garage door openers. People leave them in their cars all the time.
All Auto tries to reunite such items with their owners, but has accumulated an entire carton of garage door openers! But the most unusual item ever left behind in a car serviced by All Auto would be a litter of kittens! A litter of kittens! Their eyes still closed, found in a donated car picked up from an industrial yard.
The workers parceled out the kitties to be fed by eyedropper every hour or so. Robert at All Auto said, “I became Kitty Daddy. I was a wild kid. I figured this was payback.”
An ad was placed on Craig’s List to find homes for the kittens.
To learn more about Kars for kids, visit the Kars for kids page.
People always want to know; “How do you spell Kars4Kids?”
Is it Kars with a “K” with the word “for”?
Or maybe Kars with a “K” and the number 4.
Or maybe cars with a “C” and the number 4.
Or cars with a “C” with the word “for”.
Or any of those with or without a space between the words.
Kars4Kids, Kars 4 Kids, Kars for kids, Karsforkids, cars4kids, cars 4 kids, cars for kids, carsforkids… Arghh!
It can make your head spin.
We spell it “Kars4Kids”. But you can spell it however you like.
Or the way John Zuchelli @tvzuke did; in Latin
Our extracurricular program known affectionately as “ChillZone”, is quickly becoming one of our most popular and fastest growing programs. In fact, last week we opened our 28th location in Bensalem Pennsylvania!
Which brings us to an amazing story about pizza, mentoring and an incredible volunteer.
You see, all ChillZone locations have their own style, flair and feel. The kids and volunteers create the atmosphere that works best for them. But they all share three crucial ingredients; Studying, prizes, and most importantly, PIZZA. Piping hot delicious pizza.
But Bensalem PA had two kids the first week that wouldn’t eat the pizza. Two kids out of eight attending the very first week wouldn’t eat the pizza. Not wouldn’t, couldn’t. Two kids that are allergic to gluten.
Avi Schnall, national ChillZone director, describes what happened next. “The leader of the group, a volunteer mind you, was very concerned that these two boys might feel left out. He home baked a gluten free pizza special for the boys so they could feel part of the group!”
Now you understand why we feel that our volunteers are our most valuable assets. Don’t you agree?
Today we had such a wonderful experience with a donor.
Last year he generously donated his car to us, a 1991 black Nissan NX that he owned for 22 years since he bought it new.
Getting his taxes together this year he realized he’d misplaced his receipt.
So he called us up and we were of course more than happy to help him with a new receipt.
He was so happy that someone responded in such a helpful and timely manner that he decided to donate again! But this time he donated $500!
Customer service is everything sometimes.
This Saturday there must have been something in the school systems water.
A teacher donated a red Pontiac Grand Prix to Kars4Kids because as an educator he wanted to help kids with their education. We were so touched!
An hour later another teacher called to donate a grey Chevy Blazer and said the same exact thing!
We love teachers, and we are so proud that teachers love us!
A wonderful donor of ours was unable to provide the title for her car.
When asked what happened to it she said that her dog ate her title.
Sometimes real life IS stranger than fiction…
Kars4Kids received a donation in March of 2010. The car was a white 1998 Saturn S-Series, a two door coupe.
The donor told us that the starter was going but the car was running well.
So, of course, we resold it knowing that could be the best way to maximize the donation for our charitable work.
Imagine our surprise when we got a call this month to donate the very same car!
This time it was clear that our wonderful Saturn had taken it’s last drive and it was sent out for recycling.
When it was first donated it had 138,025 miles on it, when we got it the second time it was up to 161,708, a difference of 23683 miles.
One little car doing the work of two!