TLC receives donated car to give to a client, Free car will go to someone in need

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The Tri-Lakes community often comes together to offer their assistance to those in need whether it's by volunteering or monetary means.

This time through a community effort someone in need will be receiving a much needed car. Thanks to an anonymous donor and JJ Tracks, Tri-Lakes Cares has been given a car to give to one of their clients.

JJ Tracks owner Jim Pasquale, has a long history of giving back to TLC so when one of his customers wanted to unload a car they no longer needed the first thing he thought of was TLC.

The owner of the car was considering donating it and Pasquale suggested TLC because the car was salvageable and someone could benefit from it.

“It was a good car to re-work.” Pasquale said of the 2002 Buick Century.

Haley Chapin, executive director of TLC, said this is the first time a car has been donated to them. Pasquale has donated all the repairs and Chapin said they are very grateful for that.

In order to determine which client will get the car the staff at TLC has put together an application to be filled out. Clients have to answer questions like: How will this car help you to be self-sufficient in the future? How do you plan to maintain insurance on the vehicle and future repairs? Do you hold a driver's license?

“We want to make sure it doesn't go to someone that's going to sell it and try to make money but it goes to someone who really needs it. Someone who maybe doesn't have a car at all,” Chapin said. “The purpose is to give this away to allow a client to become self-sufficient. Transportation is a huge issue for our clients up here.”

Clients have until Oct. 11 to submit the applications and TLC is asking for one application per household.

Pasquale was glad to be able to make the repairs on the car and although he can't necessarily repair cars free of charge all the time he said if cars are donated to TLC in the future he is willing to look them over to see what they need.

“We do what we can. We like to help out the community,” Pasquale added.

Chapin said it would be great if there are other people out there that would like to donate a car in the future. She said this is a great collaboration between a local resident, a local business and a nonprofit.

“We (TLC) can't make this community all that it is or offer all that we are offering without the help of our local businesses,” Chapin said.

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