Much-loved vehicle benefits local hospice palliative care organization

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The Tantramar Hospice Palliative Care Organization recently accepted the proceeds from the re-cycling of a vehicle through Donate-a-Car Canada – a first for the Sackville-based charity. Pictured, left to right, are Jean-Paul Doiron, Stephen Claxton-Oldfield, and vehicle donors Susan Kastuk-Ridlington and Steve Ridlington. PHOTOS SUBMITTED

The Tantramar Hospice Palliative Care Organization (THPCO) has become the latest charitable organization in New Brunswick to benefit from Donate a Car Canada’s vehicle donation program. The program works like this.

For anyone who has a junked, used, or even a newer car to dispose of, Donate a Car Canada will arrange to have it towed away – at no expense to you – and look after the recycling or sale of your vehicle. The net sale proceeds are then sent to the charity of your choice and the donor receives a tax-deductible receipt.

Steve and Susan Kastuk-Ridlington recently donated their 2000 Honda Odyssey van – a vehicle that had served them well – and chose THPCO as their charity.

Susan is a member and past chair of THPCO. THPCO is non-profit, charitable organization, which advocates for and supports the provision of hospice palliative care services and resources in the Tantramar region.

Current THPCO chair Stephen Claxton-Oldfield said, “We’re always pleased to receive donations, but no one has ever donated a car before!”

Fortunately, Donate a Car Canada handles all aspects of processing donated cars, from collection by a friendly, local tow truck operator to recycling or selling - and sends a cheque to the donor’s chosen charity.

“What a great idea this is”, said Claxton-Oldfield. “Not only do you get rid of an unwanted vehicle at no cost to you, but you help a worthy cause at the same time.”

For more information about THPCO, visit their website at www.thpco.ca. Anyone with a vehicle to get rid of can go online to www.donatecar.ca and donate it to charity.

 A list of charitable organizations (including THPCO) that accept vehicle donations through Donate a Car Canada can be found on their website.

 

Organizations: Tantramar Hospice Palliative Care Organization, Car Canada

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Tantramar

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