Written by David Golbert Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
I thought about selling it, but that didn’t make financial sense either. Then I decided to donate it to help an organization that has been helping Long Islanders in need for over 25 years: the INN. They arranged to have it towed away and a few weeks later sent me a donation letter with the official “donation” value stated as per official IRS regulations. I’m getting a nice deduction on my next year’s tax return and my car is helping someone else get their life turned around.
Yesterday, I also got a very nice e-mail from the INN’s director of fundraising, Joe Barry. He wrote: “The value of your car made a big difference for the INN and you also got someone else started in support of the INN who is doing this as well. It turns out that it is a good car that we are able to give to one of the people in our Long Term Housing Program who really needs it. I can only imagine what a difference this makes in the life of someone whose future was brightened by a new career after a struggle with homelessness.”
If you don’t have a car to donate, but would still like to make a difference, donations may be mailed to: Dave Golbert, 7 Lee Court West, Great Neck, NY 11024. Your contribution, in whatever amount you can afford, has the power to turn despair into hope for someone who needs our help and our compassion. Please make your check payable to: the Interfaith Nutrition Network.
Each of us can make a difference. Each of us must try. As the sages wrote: “Blessed are those who give to those who have less.”