Salvation Army short of vehicles for June auction

 

The Salvation Army of Au­gusta is coming up short in vehicle donations for its auction to benefit drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

The organization has launched a donation drive to collect 30 cars, trucks, boats, RVs and scooters in a month for its June 1 auction. So far, only 10 cars have been received, according to a news release.

Donations have fallen for the past several auto auctions, which are held every few months and are typically the charitable organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.

A slowly recovering economy and increased demand for used cars have contributed to the drop, said Capt. Tony Perez, the Salvation Army administrator.

The auction could be canceled if the donation goal is not met, which could compromise the rehab programs.

“We may not be able to afford the transportation, drug testing, group meetings, meals and shelters,” program manager Nick Carnes said in a news release.

Each person who donates a vehicle will receive a three-month individual gold membership to Kroc Center of Augusta. Donations are tax-deductible.

HOW TO DONATE

Call the auction coordinator at (706) 826-7933. For more information, visit www.salvationarmycars.com.

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