Salvation Army offers Kroc membership for auto donation

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Donations to the quarterly auto auctions held by the Salvation Army of Augusta have been dropping. To encourage donations, every person who gives a vehicle to the Feb. 2 auction will receive a three-month, individual gold membership to the Kroc Center.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Donations to the quarterly auto auctions held by the Salvation Army of Augusta have been dropping. To encourage donations, every person who gives a vehicle to the Feb. 2 auction will receive a three-month, individual gold membership to the Kroc Center.

Give a car and get a free membership to The Salvation Army Kroc Center of Augusta.

The exchange is a new offer from the organization intended to inspire more donations for its February auto auction.

Donations to the Salvation Army’s quarterly auctions have continuously decreased. So far, 43 vehicles have been donated to the auction, which benefits substance abuse programs at The Salvation Army. At the same time in 2012, 69 vehicles had been collected for auction. In 2012, 147 vehicles were auctioned, 40 less than in 2011.

The main reason for the decrease is the growth of the used car market in a slumping economy, Capt. Tony Perez, the administrator of The Salvation Army of Augusta, said in an e-mail.

“People are also driving their cars longer,” Perez said.

Competing auto auctions have begun in the Augusta area in recent years, he said.

Every person who donates a vehicle to the Feb. 2 auction will receive a three-month, individual gold membership to the Kroc Center.

HOW TO DONATE

Call (706) 826-7922, ext. 3178.

Cars can be donated any time of the year by calling the Salvation Army, dropping the car off or arranging a pickup. Cars will be picked up until Friday, and can be dropped off until Jan. 29.

Each donation must be accompanied by a title in the donor’s name and a valid ID. The donor receives a bill of sale and tax receipt after the car is sold.

IF YOU GO

WHEN: bidding starts at 10 a.m. Feb. 2

WHERE: 1384 Greene St.

REGISTRATION: $5 fee payable during preview days, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on auction day or at www.salvationarmycars.com


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