The Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation (SCHF) is one of our frequently-gifted charities. Appreciated by patients and their families, the hospital is a go-to choice for vehicle donors. Furthermore, the agents serving our vehicle donors love this organization! Recently, one of our auction houses reached out to give us a little update on what this partnership means to them.Continue reading "Stollery Children’s Hospital" →
Finding peace in a disrupted time is tough. For many of our receiving charities, that's they're work-a-day gig. They companion people in disrupted life circumstances.
What is peace, anyway?
The word peace may mean something different to you than it does to me. For some, peace is a feeling of calm, or the absence of conflict. Some people experience peace as the lack of any emotion at all. Others feel at peace when they have a sense of control in their lives.
I've come to identify peace as a quiet heart. Sometimes that means a feeling of spaciousness in my mind, heart, or even body. Another way of describing that is the ability to take a deep, deep breath -- a feeling of relaxation and permission even when circumstances are very difficult.
That seems to be an important thing about peace? It is a sense of rightness, quiet, or well-being even when things all around are wobbling. Maybe even downright awful.
Can I find calm...even now?
What has the COVID-19 Pandemic been like for you? Are you having difficult finding peace in the midst of global fear? There are resources near you that can give you a little back-up if that's what you need. Seek them out. Your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health are worth the effort.
You may be someone who has had a gentle experience of this unprecedented upheaval. If so, might you be one who offers peace to others? You may be one of the helpers. If so, thank you! Please take care of your Self while you're reaching out to others. And if you're having moments when a quiet heart is illusive, reach out for your own supports, ok? We need you to keep getting your own cup filled up so that you can continue to share with others.
What DACC is doing to help
Here at Donate a Car Canada we continue to work through this crisis time to aid Canadian charities in their ongoing work. Sometimes cool cash is the best way to bring calm into the midst of a storm. Part of our role in all of this is to keep right on processing vehicle donations. Those donations result in the much-needed dollars our charities depend on to keep purveying goodness in our hurting world. Thank you for considering how you might be a part of that!
Our power house of a human, power lifter Ryan Lapadat, has a strong start to his enormous charity-awareness effort. A strong beginning. And then...a bit of a bump in the proceedings...
Day 18 my calf tore. Leg went purple n swelled up. On crutches now, n rehab will take wks. This is not how the story ends. Everyone ♥️s a comeback story. I know this will push back the 143 days straight into 2020. Things are gonna be harder now. I want it more. #flipping4charity pic.twitter.com/no6nTeNtaN
— 6 Pack Lapadat (@6PackLapadat) July 24, 2019
Lapadat won't quit
You've been following along and you know that our favorite power lifter, Ryan Six Pack Lapadat, is tackling a 143 day, 100+ charity promoting challenge of car flipping. Well, being a soft-bodied animal, as we all are, Ryan's body has asked to slow things down a little. He's torn a calf muscle and isn't bouncing back as quickly as he hoped.
Here's what we know from Ryan (emphasis...and a little punctuation tweeking, mine):
"Here is a brief update:
Yesterday I partially tore my right calf while flipping the car. It felt like a pop, loss of strength, then I couldn't walk on it. Very painful. I am walking with a limp now.
But it would hurt me more to quit. And I know that. So today, I stepped up to the car and flipped it again, and I intended to keep flipping this car. Things do not always get worst. Sometimes they get better. Keep the faith.
I will adjust to keep this going. Terry Fox only had one leg anyway.
To make the car easier to flip with my torn calf I have found flipping from the roof to the wheels is easiest. This is because I can grab the window ledges and flip it. The window ledges are higher up than the handle we put on it, and I do not have to bend my injured right leg.
This is day 9. We have 143 days. This is early days. By the time we reach 100 days this story could really get interesting."
What this means for the challenge
That was a few days ago. But Ryan needs to give his calf time to heal. As a power lifter, his body is a well-tuned instrument and the source of his livelihood.
The determination, creativity, and all-around drive Six Pack bring to this are the stuff of inspiration. You know where he's coming from: sometimes life knocks you flat. Or, it throws you a little off course, at least. Ryan's not fazed. And we're excited to see how this pause in the process leads to renewed health and energy for the challenge.
Lapadat hopes to pick up where he left off sometime early in October. We're on board with that and will be pulling for a full and power lifter worthy return to recovery.
Keep watching here for updates. The links for Ryan's Twitter and Instagram are in previous posts as well -- he's an inspiring guy to follow around! We're proud to be working on this effort together and wish Ryan full health from head to toe.
We're just days away from Donate a Car Canada's biggest charity spotlight event ever! On July 1st, Ryan "Six Pack" Lapadat begins his powerhouse efforts to bring car flipping awareness to over 100 Canadian charities in 143 days.
So, what exactly is Ryan getting himself up to for charity this time 'round? He's flipping a car, of course!
Starting on July 1st, Six Pack is planning to flip a car, every day, for almost 150 days. We'll be tracking him online and collaborating with him in giving shout-outs to our charities. Watch for our blog posts, Tweets, and Facebook updates to see where Ryan is and what he's up to on any given day.
Some of our charities are excited to be planning special events around Lapadat's feats of strength. Stay tuned for more information about where he's been and who has been helped by his unique skills.
And how you can be involved
Keeping an eye out for Six Pack's daily charity boosts will be an easy and exciting way to get a quick peek at what some of Canada is about charity-wise. You'll see many children's charities spotlighted (Ryan's personal mission is to see kids inspired to greatness). Many of our health-related charities will also be getting some attention via his car-flipping mastery.
No funds are being directly raised by Ryan or Donate a Car through this venture. Our deserving charities will receive some much-needed exposure through these events. Further, folks interested in donating to charity will be presented with some of their many Canadian options.
'Ready to donate today? Just click here...
Lapadat - a real-life Canadian hero. Donate a Car Canada is excited to be working alongside Ryan in an upcoming (heavyweight!) fundraising effort.
Who is the man behind, in front of, and beneath the weights? And what does he have in store for Canadian charities? Stay with us in the weeks ahead to learn more.
Vehicle donation in Canada should be a simple and cost-free process. As the donor, you have several donating options. Check your options carefully - not all donation programs are equal in integrity or service. Donate a Car Canada is all-Canadian, providing over 800 charities to choose from. 'Have a cause you love? We can process your car, truck, and (seasonally) motorcycle. For free! The net sale proceeds will go to your charity of choice.
How this works
The simplest way to proceed with your vehicle donation is to click any of the buttons on our webpage. That click will take you to an online form for your donation. The form is simple to understand, and it only asks for information we really need to process your car or truck promptly.
Not having success with the online form? No problem! Give us a direct call at 1-877-250-4904. Our phone team will be happy to talk with you. They'll walk you through the form if you like, but will also be happy to just fill it all out for you.
Done that step? Leave it to us. We'll contact a nearby towing company and arrange for your free and timely pick-up. Don't worry: no one will show up for the vehicle until they've called to arrange best timing with you.
The tow guys will come for your auto, process it, and send us payment. The dollar outcome is subject to (always!) fluctuating metal prices in Canada. Once we have payment from our tow agent, we'll forward the proceeds on to your charity.
What does the charity have to pay?
Not a thing! We have written agreements with our supported charities that they will issue tax receipts in a prompt manner. Apart from that, the work is all taken care of by us here at DACC. Many of our charities receive thousands of dollars each year; some of the lesser-known organizations would be grateful for a little extra from you!
The difference you make
Vehicle donation in Canada has a multi-layer impact. First, it allows you to have a recycle or re-sale ready vehicle picked-up and processed at no cost to you. But the benefits don't end there. The charity of your choice will certainly benefit. And so will the environment (clean, thorough recycling practices matter). The longer reach? Many of our supporting tow agents are small, local companies: keeping wheels on the ground with a steady stream of work matters, too.
So, give us a click and let us get you on your way with your vehicle donation today!
Charity of choice is what we're all about here at Donate a Car Canada. It's one of the hallmarks of our exceptional donor care: you choose the charity you love. We make sure they get your gift!
We have over 800 charity "doors" to choose from. You're sure to find a cause that you feel deserving of your donation dollars.
Do you already have someone in mind? 'Need a little more information? Just call in, or explore our site. You'll find the inspiration you're ready for.
Charity of choice means it's all up to you
Canadian vehicle donors gifted 250 different charities in February. This doesn't mean we had only 250 donors; many donors select similar charities. For example, it's common for well-advertised charities like the Diabetes Canada, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, and the Canadian Cancer Society to receive many donations each month.
But something you'll love about us? We have hundreds of lesser-known organizations to choose from. Here's a sneak peek at 25 of the charities that we sent funds to last month:
|A Better World Canada|
|ALBERTA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION|
|Alberta Wilderness Association|
|ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF EDMONTON|
|BC Children’s Hospital|
|BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS CANADA|
|Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter|
|CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY|
|Elderdog Canada Inc.|
|GERDY’S RESCUE & ADOPTIONS|
|Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta|
|HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION|
|Kenneth Copeland Ministries|
|KIDS HELP PHONE|
|Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada|
|Pacific Assistance Dogs Society|
|Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation|
|THE DREAM FACTORY|
|WINNIPEG HUMANE SOCIETY|
|Wounded Warriors Canada|
How can I learn more?
We're supporting charities that work with kids, animals, and the sick. Women in need of assistance are served by smaller charities in every Canadian city. If Earth care is your heart cause, we can help. And, if you're looking to support the arts, we have many theatres and groups to choose from.
If you click on the "charities" button on our home page you'll be taken to an alphabetical breakdown of who's on our list. Clicking on the charity name will give you a quick look at their unique mission. And each mission is linked to the charity's home page, should you wish to explore more deeply.
You choose! We're here to help in every way we can, and your charity of choice is ready to receipt you for your generosity. We look forward to your donation!
Tweets and repeats. The occasional Facebook posts.
Donate a Car Canada creatively supports their 800+ receiving charities through brief reminders of the compassionate work of caring organizations. And it's free!
Tweets and our charity repeats
Donate a Car Canada has a designated staff person at the ready to post tweets and Facebook messages about the charity you love. One click and a hashtag. That's all it takes to share a reminder to support and to give.
Does this really make a difference?
Putting some forms of social media to work for our charities is helpful in sustaining awareness. Both the charity's cause, and the option to give via a vehicle donation, are kept front-of-mind. And this is at no cost to the charity!
Dozens of our charities are quick to re-tweet our bits and blurbs. Not least among these are our animal charities.
Tweets aren't just for the birds
These re-tweeting animal charities would appreciate your "follow" on Twitter or Facebook:
Boxer Rescue Ontario
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – CPAWS
Edmonton Humane Society
Toronto Cat Rescue
Team Cat Rescue
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation
Funds for Furry Friends
Prefer to share and give to the two-legged kind? From kiddos to seniors, here are some organizations that are actively seeking your support:
Pollution Probe Foundation
Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park
BC Lung Association
Huntington Society of Canada
Special Olympics Saskatchewan
Food for the Poor Canada
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
BC Children’s Foundation
War Child Canada
Horizons for Youth
Silvera for Seniors
Boys & Girls Club of Durham
United Way Winnipeg
Operation Eyesight Universal
Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
OPACC – Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre BC
March of Dimes Canada
Edmonton Public Library
Re-tweet and doneet?
If these charities align with the causes you care to support, we're here to help. We can manage your car donation quickly and easily. No car to donate right now? Consider giving your charity a "like" or a "share." Help spread the word to others who might be looking for ways they can support!
Tweeting - dad-joke style
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