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Auto Value helps victims of violence

Alexandria Auto Value is once again helping victims of domestic violence and abuse gain their freedom through the donation of refurbished vehicles. Forming an alliance with The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, the parts store and certified service ce...

Alexandria Auto Value is once again helping victims of domestic violence and abuse gain their freedom through the donation of refurbished vehicles.

Forming an alliance with The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, the parts store and certified service centers hope to giveaway more than a six vehicles during the 2008 Charity Cars Campaign.

Each group plays a specific role in the Charity Cars Campaign. The Original 1-800 Charity Cars organization manages the car donation process and supplies the initial down payment for car insurance, license and title fees.

Certified service centers donate their labor and the parts store furnishes the necessary replacement parts to refurbish the vehicles. Lastly, a local domestic violence agency or shelter selects the qualified recipients.

Last year, three vehicles were awarded to qualified recipients at the Alexandria grand award ceremony.

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Feedback from those involved with the program has been positive.

"The Charity Cars Campaign has helped families within our area rebuild their lives and start fresh," said Dan Thom, Alexandria Auto Value parts store manager. "We are excited to continue this program into the new year, with a stronger commitment to giving away more vehicles than last year."

Vehicles are needed for the 2008 Charity Cars Campaign. Thom encourages anyone considering donating a car, van, pickup or SUV to the campaign to contact the Alexandria Auto Value parts store or certified service centers.

When a vehicle is qualified for the program, The Original 1-800 Charity Cars will gift that vehicle to a victim in the Alexandria area and the donor can receive the full-retail tax deduction.

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