Salvation Army short of vehicles for June auction

Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:04 PM
Last updated Friday, April 5, 2013 2:18 AM
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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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Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/04/13 - 04:15 pm
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I hope that people will donate vehicles but what do

transportation, drug testing, group meetings, meals and shelters have to do with selling junk vehicles. Who will be required to go through this laundry list of sanctions? It seems that the vehicles should just be sold at auction to the highest bidder. I'm confused!

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jewel 04/04/13 - 05:58 pm
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The donation and sell of

The donation and sell of these vehicles help pay for these meetings, drug testing and etc. Probable people are repairing cars and holding onto them longer. I intended on buying a car this year but decided to wait and continue good maintenance even with a low car value.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/05/13 - 08:48 am
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Confused. The vehicles are sold to the highest bidder.
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That is generally the purpose of an auction. Monies derived from the car sales help fund the program. Transportation to and from, drug testing, group meetings, counseling, meals, work programs and shelters constitutes the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/05/13 - 08:49 am
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Confused. The vehicles are sold to the highest bidder.
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That is generally the purpose of an auction. Monies derived from the car sales help fund the program. Transportation to and from, drug testing, group meetings, counseling, meals, work programs and shelters constitutes the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/05/13 - 09:02 am
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The Kroc Center has been a two edged sword
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for The Salvation Army. While the Kroc has elevated the image of The SA and brought a new look and people to Harrisburg, its physical image is one of wealth. Swimming pool, gym and art center. Major money people in the CSRA were willing to participate and fund such a grandiose project. To match funds given by the Kroc Foundation.

Those same money people don't seem to see the NEED at the Center For Hope on Greene St. If you equate NEED with financial assistance, that is. One facility is funded by a multimillion dollar trust. The other is constantly crying for help to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and council those with physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

The money trail will always provide motive.

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