Is it time for a loved one to “hang up the keys” and stop driving? Kidney Car is here to help!

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Growing numbers of Canadians are playing a key role in helping senior family members adjust to new realities, including the need to give up driving. For many seniors, to “hang up the keys” is to have a sense of freedom and independence ‘taken away’ and can make for challenging family discussions. Kidney Car is here to help by offering a feel good spin on a difficult life transition. Empower your loved one to give their cherished car a grand farewell by donating it to Kidney Car.

Kidney Car is a unique donation program developed by The Kidney Foundation of Canada that provides the traditional “feel good” rewards of giving, but also offers a tangible solution to an everyday problem.

Each year, thousands of Canadian seniors make their cars Kidney Cars. The donated cars are either recycled or resold as is, or – in some rare cases they may be auctioned, explains Kidney Car Manager David Cybulski.  “Donors receive a charitable tax receipt for a minimum of $300, but often higher depending on the condition of the car,” says Cybulski. Cars are towed free of charge, usually within 48 hours, by one of our reputable Kidney Car partners.

There are many reasons people choose to donate their vehicle. Some have a personal connection to kidney disease, but more often than not, Kidney Car donors tell us that they are looking for a meaningful way to say goodbye to their vehicle. The friendly staff of Kidney Car happily take the time to hear of past road trips and fond memories from seniors, recognizing that a vehicle holds a special place for many people.

For some, parting with a car is difficult. The knowledge that the vehicle can be retired and make a difference to those living with kidney disease makes people feel good about their decision.

Since its creation in 1964, The Kidney Foundation has helped millions of Canadians suffering from kidney failure and related disorders; fundraising campaigns have allowed it to contribute over $115 million to research, and to provide services to individuals living with chronic kidney disease and related conditions.

If the time has come for a loved one to “hang up the keys”, please encourage them to consider Kidney Car – we’re here to help. Call 1-866-788-CARS(2277) or visit KIDNEYCAR.CA.