The American Red Cross recently launched a vehicle donation program that converts unneeded vehicles into Red Cross donations to help those in need.
“People may think their old vehicle is worthless but the donation could be priceless to someone in need of Red Cross services,” says Phil Hansen, CEO of the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. “Your vehicle has value. Turn it into compassion and care.”
The Vehicle Donation Program offers an easy donation process with convenient, free pick-up and towing, and a tax-deductible way to dispose of unwanted vehicles.
Our partners at Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA) will pick up your vehicle at a time that’s convenient for you, and at no cost to you. IAA will provide a tax receipt on behalf of the Red Cross and sell the vehicle, sending the proceeds to the Red Cross.
When you donate a vehicle it has the same impact as donating cash—it can help rebuild lives. For example, a car worth $1,000 at auction provides food and shelter to five families for one day in a shelter, including everything they need to be safe and secure after losing everything in an apartment fire.
In Minnesota, financial donations help the Red Cross shelter, feed and provide emotional support to victims of more than 600 disasters each year; supply more than 70 percent of local blood need; teach lifesaving skills to thousands; fund international humanitarian aid; and support American military members and their families during emergencies.
The vehicle donation program accepts cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats, snowmobiles, jet skis, tractors, farm equipment and other types of vehicles, in almost any condition—even salvaged. And, the process is quick with an average turnaround time of less than 30 days.
To donate a vehicle, visit the Red Cross online at redcross.org/cardonation or call 1-855-927-2227 to make arrangements. Contact your tax professional for details about tax deductions for vehicle donations.