Why donate your Kidney Car in December 2021

Why donate your Kidney Car in December?

Aside from the obvious (snow-towing & parking violation situations) it’s also the end of the tax year.  Charitable car donations made in Utah and Idaho before December 31st will provide you with a 2020 tax write off. So if you’ve got a car on the street or in the driveway you’re not using, put it into gear for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho kidney patient programs by donating to www.towKars.org or call locally 9-5/M-F at (801) 226-5111  Donating in December assures more help to Utah and Idaho kidney patients during the critical holiday and winter months.  When it’s hard for patients to afford both heat and medications, your car donation provides us with the funding to help them.

What about the free towing?

  • it’s FREE
  • takes as little as 24-48 hours (or more if you need time to get it ready!)
  • you do NOT have to be there when the car’s towed

What about the tax deduction?

The IRS allows donors to claim one of two values as the deduction.  Obviously newer model vehicles with lower miles will give you the best tax deduction. But we also accept any vehicle with a clear title, 4 inflated tires and a complete engine/transmission (doesn’t need to work, it just needs to be IN THE CAR).

  1. Up to $499 (generalized tax receipt)
  2. The Car’s actual selling price

So you can claim either the $499 or the car’s actual selling price, whichever is highest.  The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho is required to notify you of the car’s selling price over $500 so you can make the choice how much to claim.

Who benefits from my towKars.org Kidney Kars donation?

If you use the local Utah & Idaho kidney kars website towKars.org to donate, 38% goes directly to serve over 3,000 Utah and Idaho kidney dialysis patients through Medical Financial Aid.  The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho provides aid to help patients with: medical bills, medications, rent, utilities, transportation, medical kidney nutrition supplements, and dental bills.  Most of the financial aid is provided to patients trying to become eligable for the kidney transplant waiting list.  This requires patients to pay off medical bills, have 100% updated dental work (any cavity or infection can cause a donated kidney to reject), and keep the patient in stable housing.  The medical kidney nutrition is vital, since it allows the patients blood work to show healthy ranges of nutrients important to sustain a donated kidney (iron, oxygen, calcium, etc).

 

Make sure to donate locally to ensure maximum use of your donation.

Most car donation programs are not local to Utah and Idaho, and do not benefit Utah or Idaho patients.  So donating to towKars.org assures you maximum accountability that your donation is going where we say it’s going.  Donations made locally help local friends and family.

 

Make your car a Kidney Car, a car that saves lives.

M-F/ 9-5 (801) 226-5111 or www.towKars.org

 

 

Covid and Kidney Disease March 2020- November 2021

Remember the roaring 20’s New Years Eve parties we had December 31, 2019?

The flailing carefree fun we had dressing in pin stripe Zoot Suites and flapper dresses?  Today is 11/11/2021 and New Years Eve of 2019 feels like a million-emotional years ago.  Shortly into January of 2020 we began learning about Covid-19.  It was a blip at first, like the H1N1 virus from 2009.  It was a small byline. But then it began: the cruise ships, the travelers, the doctors all giving reports of the rapid spread.  We understood little, maybe we felt Covid was hyped by the CDC epidemiologists, anxious to shine in their moment of expertise.  By March 14th we were asked as a country to quarantine, schools went online, work turned into Zoom meetings and 5,000 emails a day, hospitals braced themselves.  It suddenly became an ideological battlefield of freedom, and a matter of sustaining the economy. The food and toilet paper went missing from grocery store shelves as we locked down. We shopped feeling self-conscious about the masks we wore looking for friendly eyes (or defiantly facing other shoppers bare faced to prove a point). We needed anti viral cleaning solutions, hand sanitizer, PPE.  Healthy people took it in stride.  But those with suppressed immune systems, lung disease and the elderly –and those who take care of them–were listening very carefully. Rest homes were  ground zero. Family’s pulled their loved ones out full time care units.  The world, the economy, and our personal lives affected by the change. But we were in it together, like 9/11 or were we? Turns out we weren’t in it together.

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho represents a community of immune suppressed  individuals.

All kidney patients are immune suppressed either because their kidneys don’t filter poisons/toxins which made them sick or because they’ve had a transplant and used immunosuppressive drugs to protect their body from rejecting the transplant. On the forefront of our mission was the protection of the most venerable kidney patients.  Kidney patients who had already had to quit their jobs, not because of sickness per se, but because they didn’t have insurance or good-enough insurance, or money to pay for dialysis or qualify for the transplant waiting list.  Kidney patients are often placed in a no-win situation of accepting Medicare to help pay for dialysis treatments. The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho struggled against Utah and Idaho’s popular notions of patriotism and individualism, and anti vaccination sentiments in order to provide certified, correct, medical information about how to avoid contacting Covid-19. Our social media was littered with “sheeple” comments we had to erase. We stood fast in protecting Kidney Patient’s right to fight for their health in order to qualify for a kidney transplant. We did not need bullyies disparaging their efforts to remain Covid free.  During the socio-idological battle, not only were kidney patients losing transplanted kidneys to Covid, but seemingly healthy people were losing their kidneys BECAUSE of Covid.  It is estimated that 1 in 5 people in ICU (due to Covid) would emerge “recovered” from Covid, but needing dialysis treatments due to the kidney damage it caused.

What the NKF of Utah & Idaho desires above all is to protect the right for people (already struggling with kidney failure) to feel our love and admiration for their battle.

Anyone who has ever been on the transplant waiting list, who has received a kidney transplant, can tell you, that doing so is to earn an unofficial Master Degree of Public Administration.  We were fighting a vociferous, antagonistic community who incited “Natural Selection” as the way to handle Covid: anti establishment, anti medical doctors, anti vaccinators.  That’s an amazingly murderous and chilling sentiment.  The last thing the NKF of Utah & Idaho wanted was an ideological battle pointing out the selfishness of the truly fortunate (healthy) people (who have never needed to ponder their health or their own mortality) dictating rules of this battle.  Often those born will chronic illness like CF, MD, diabetes or Asthma did nothing to deserve being sick, besides be born with a genetic propensity for illness.  Masks were supposed to be used as a “love thy neighbor” effort. It indicated willingness to “keeping our own germs/saliva droplets to ourselves.” Instead, what we saw was defiant non mask wearing people flaunting their fortune of good health, willing to spew their literal spit droplets into everyone’s faces with 100% certainty that they had every AMERICAN FREEDOM to do so.  We understand death is part of life, and sickness is a reality for everyone with a body.  But do people have the right to spread disease, essentially killing off the sick and infirm?  It was a very discouraging time to be an immune compromised person. Many quietly let go. It has been discouraging to be a brave soul willing to fight for life, even with kidney disease. The NKF of Utah & Idaho waged, with all our courage, a war of correct information regarding Covid and withstood vitriolic damnation of many ‘patriots.’ While we were trying to ‘suffer with those who suffer’, and live with a certain humility to serve ‘the least of these’, the Patriots didn’t want to wear face masks. Then, after the vaccine was developed even the President who quietly got and recovered from Covid (with the help of the country’s best doctors and available treatments), got vaccinated.  Around then, the patriots decided the mask was ok in public–but the vaccine was not. The misinformation had gone so far, they Boo-ed their president when he suggested everyone should be vaccinated.  Then finally, as we enter the last stages of pandemic, every battle fatigued Utah and Idahoan simply let nature take it’s course to the stage in which today, The Deseret News declared as “BONKERS numbers of Covid Cases and Covid deaths.”  Bonkers… Very well put Lisa Riley Roche.

A few Utah and Idaho kidney patients, we know personally, wanting to maintain their anti-establishment ideology of anti vaccination, ultimately lost their lives or their transplanted kidney after contacting Covid.

The irony of this situation is that — it was science gave them that miracle of a kidney transplant to begin with. But mistrust and misinformation that has been sown since March of 2020 caused people, even kidney patient to trust alternative news and doctors advice.  I wish those who avidly support the anti-medical establishment, and pass along Covid misinformation at their daily patriot-parade, can stop for one second, to really take in the damage to the families left behind when a loved one dies. I wish the could see how they have unintentionally pledged trillions of dollars to the medical establishment to care for the collapsed lungs and Covid-stroke damage done to those “lucky enough” to survive the ICU.  The utter tragedy of losing a transplanted kidney to misinformation may border on criminal. But who is to blame?  The mainstream media?  The President?  Doctors? The Government? When it comes to protecting your health and your life–what does it matter, who is to blame? When it it gone, it’s gone. When you are dead or sick, you can not roll back time. Death and sickness is a human fact that can not be altered. So do you want to care for your fellow man? Or nah.

Working in public health, protecting the sick who are fighting for their lives– as pandemic rages– became unpopular in Utah and Idaho.While everyone celebrates and supports organ donation, protecting oneself from Covid (in honor of the family who donated a kidney) became, by some alternate universe reality, almost an act of treason against American Freedom.

Are we so enraptured with being ‘right’ that we will unintentionally kill the elderly of our churches over our principles?

Is Covid worth dying for if it can be so easily prevented? Are hygiene and face masks such a high price to pay for freedom from illness? Do you know if your blood has a propensity to clot?  Well getting Covid is not when I’d like to find that out.  But that’s me.  So in light of all that has transpired since March of 2020, and in light of the BONKERS numbers of Covid in Utah and Idaho I would like to offer my humble opinion:

  1. Continue to wear masks in public spaces and around the vulnerable sick/elderly, or just everyone because you don’t know who is sick
  2.  Get vaccinated, and reduce your risk of ‘bad covid’
  3. If you are immune-compromised ask your doctor if getting the vaccine booster is right for you
  4. Wash your hands after you visit the grocery store or church
  5. Don’t go to work/church/school/a Jazz game if you are sick
  6. Eat your vitamins
  7. Don’t smoke

We get one life. Join us in choosing to live it the best we can– in health and safety.

Live in spite of the voices in this community bullying us into ‘doing less’ to protect ourselves. It gives us no pleasure to learn of vociferously unvaccinated freedom loving friends and family members stricken with Covid.  At the time of this writing, there are 4 oxygen canisters being passed around my own extended family members because they believe the government is at the helm of some kind of evil conspiracy to force them into vaccination.  They are paying for that belief with their lungs and the remaining years of their lives.

 

Amelia Celebrates ‘Donate Life Month’ by receiving a Donated Kidney!

Amelia M. got her kidney, just in time to celebrate #DonateLifeMonth!  Amelia is friend of the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho that we met at our last Family Kidney Kamp September of 2019.  She has been patiently and bravely awaiting a new kidney for over a year, and has kept an  incredible record of her journey (blog link below).  We are so very happy for Amelia and her family!  We can’t wait to see her at Youth Transplant Kamp when she’s all better (and hopefully as Covid-19 dissipates into the final phase).  What a way to honor Donate Life Month!  Thank you to the generous donors who give the Gift of Life to those whose lives are spent awaiting a second chance.  Amazing story for April of 2021!

Read more about her incredible journey at :

http://ameliaskidney.com/

 

 

 

How to Join the Kidney Club

For starters, we don’t really suggest you join the club.

To get in, all you have to do is have chronic kidney disease. But again, we really don’t suggest it. Especially if you can prevent it (which you may about 50% of the time).   If you want to find out if you’re at risk (and 1 in 3 adults in the US are) visit minuteforyourkidneys.org

If you’d like to HELP a family with kidney disease in Utah Please donate your old car (locally) to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Kidney Kars program at www.towKars.org

Monies raised from Kidney Kars donation stay local to help local kidney patients pay for medical emergency financial aid, transpiration costs, medications, doctors bills and more! Towing & car pick up takes around 48 hours, and you’ll get a charitable tax receipt for your donation.  If you have questions, call us (801) 226-5111!

March is Kidney Month! Are YOU the 33%?

March is Kidney Month!

Thanks to ksl.com for supporting our efforts to keep Utah’s kidneys healthy for longer.  Read their article “Four things to remember during National Kidney Month here:https://www.ksl.com/article/50121328/4-things-to-remember-during-national-kidney-awareness-month

Thirty-seven million Americans are at risk for kidney disease.

That is one in 3 adults in the US, or 33%.  Are you the 33%?

What are the risks?

Diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and family history of kidney disease are the most common causes of kidney failure.  But there are other things, like long term use of NSAIDS/Ibuprofen and other pain killers that can also cause damage. Unfortunately, other risks include being born African American, Latino and Polynesian. These communities are more likely to develop kidney disease because they are at high risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.  So taking care to control diabetes and high blood pressure, is the key to keeping kidneys healthy.

What Should I ask my doctor?

If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, the sooner you “know the score” the better.   So next time you are at the doctor be prepared to ask:

1. What is my GFR Score and what can I do about it?
2. What is my Albumin to Creatinine ratio (uACR)?

What are the symptoms?

Unfortunately, kidney failure has few symptoms, and by the time there are symptoms, it’s too late.  Symptoms include:  swelling around the eyes, hands, feet, eyes or abdomen, less frequent/difficulty urinating.

Knowing your risk sooner rather than too late.

Fifty percent of those on dialysis may have prevented dialysis if they had known sooner how. If you’re not sure take a minute to find out at www.MinuteForYourKidneys.org

 

Get a Tax deduction for Spring Cleaning

If this is your idea of Spring cleaning call Kidney Kars.

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho (Kidney Kars) has been helping Utah spring clean since 1991.  For the past 30 March & Aprils, we been asked to sit on so many municipal and state clean up and recycling committees, we’ve lost count.  Our favorite and most memorable clean up effort was in 1995-96.  Governor Mike Leavitt (a Governor of Utah back before you were born) recognized the Kidney Foundation’s efforts to beautify the state with ‘free towing’ for old cars. The Governor wanted Utah in tip-top shape for our 150th (sesquicentennial) birthday celebration. If you were alive in 1995/96, I bet you got one of our Kidney Kars flyers in your city electric bill or Zion’s/First Interstate/Wells Fargo bank account statement (remember when statements came in the mail inside of a paper envelope?).  We worked so hard cleaning up old junk cars around the state (as far away as Tropic outside of Bryce Canyon and Snowville on the Utah/Idaho border) that Governor Leavitt gave us a very special letter of endorsement, which has been renewed by every Utah (and now Idaho) Governor since. We once towed 40 vehicles from a residence in Sunset, Utah (a used car dealer who’d retired and passed away, leaving his widow with a field FULL of cars and several zoning violations). We have recycled a LOT of steel, glass, aluminum, Freon and gasoline since 1991. So if you have a car or two (running or not) donate locally the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho. We provide fee towing and a tax deduction when you’re finally ready ‘part’ ways. See what I did there?

Old cars are filled with environmentally hazardous materials

Old cars leak gas, nitrogen, sulfur, mercury, gasoline, battery acid and other hazardous chemicals that are not good for the soil and water around your home. When an old car has sat for more than a year it leaks contaminates into the soil and can harm house pets and kill dandelions (AND EVERYONE KNOWS NOTHING KILLS DANDILIONS). So even if you can get that car running again, chances are 100% you’ll be shelling out $600-800 on an updated catalytic converter to reduce emissions. Also get ready to spend a lot more on gasoline. Older cars are generally less fuel efficient than newer ones.  So while it’s March and spring cleaning is on your mind we’d love you to be able to plant a garden where your old one is ‘parked.’ We humbly suggest giving it to Kidney Kars of Utah & Idaho.

Kidney Kars donations raise funds to pay medical emergency funding for Utah & Idaho kidney patients

One of the biggest reasons to donate your car to Kidney Kars is that cars donated in Utah help Utah ‘Kidney’ families.  If you have a friend or neighbor on dialysis or awaiting a kidney transplant the chances are high they will need medical emergency financial aid from the Kidney Foundation. Kidney Kars donations help pay down medical bills, medications, housing, transportation and other financial strain placed on them by the cost of dialysis / transplant.  We know we’re passionate about this. But, we can’t think of a single other thing you could do with that car, better than donating it locally to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho. We provide emergency aid to over 3,000 kidney patients in our community.

Towing is always free, car pick up takes 48 hours, and you will get a receipt for a tax deduction

So if it’s the ‘end of the road‘ (sorry I couldn’t resist) for the old car sitting unused in your driveway, please donate it at www.towKars.org or call us 1-800-Tow-Kars (bet you don’t remember toll free numbers) or (801) 226-5111. Once you’ve reached our Provo office we’ll take down your car’s VIN, mileage and Title number and send a tow company your way in under 48 hours.

 

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Can Kidney Kars Accept a Boat Donation? How to Donate a Boat in Utah and Idaho

Do you have a boat that mostly just sits in your driveway or on the side of your house? Do you need to free up that space for something new? When considering what to do with that old boat of yours, you may want to consider using it as a boat donation.

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho DOES accepts boat donations (and wave runners, snow mobiles, watercraft, off road and recreational vehicles).  Kidney Kars would love your boat donation! Every boat donation to The National Kidney Foundation goes toward helping kidney patients across Utah and Idaho get some much-needed support to stay alive and healthy. To top it off, you could receive a decent tax write-off as well!

There are a few differences between car donation and boat donation, which we will outline here:

Delivery of Your Boat Donation

Boats (and other recreational vehicles donations) must be delivered to a location in North Salt Lake. Unfortunately, for boat donations, no towing can be provided. Otherwise, the donation process for boats is exactly like it would be for donating a car.  You can donate by phone at (801) 226-5111 or online at https://www.towkars.org/donate-boat-utah-charity/

Titles or bill of sale for boat donations:

Boats manufactured PRIOR to 1986, DO NOT need a title and can be transferred to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah with a bill of sale, listing the year, make and model, and Hull Number (HIN). Bill of sale can be found here: https://tax.utah.gov/forms/current/tc-843.pdf

Boats manufactured AFTER 1986 DO need a title to transfer ownership to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah.

Are you going to donate the boat trailer as well?

Single Axle Trailers do NOT require Title and can be transferred with a bill of sale with identifying features (year, make, model, serial number). Bill of sale can be found here: https://tax.utah.gov/forms/current/tc-843.pdf

Double Axle Trailers DO require a title transfer.

The Boat Donation Process

Here is how the process for boat donations work:

  1. To donate go online at towKars.org, (make sure you’re on the boat donation page), check the box indicating you understand the boat will be delivered by you to a location in North Salt Lake City and submit your donation.
  2. You will receive an auto responder with the phone number/address of where to call to make delivery of your donation.
  3. Once delivered, the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho will email your tax receipt.
  4. IF the boat sells for more than $499, the Foundation will send notification regarding its selling price via email and US Postal service to offer the IRS 1098-C tax documents needed to claim the boat’s selling price above the $499 minimum value (as listed on the generalized tax receipt sent upon your delivery of the boat.

And that’s at! No longer will you need to keep your boat in your driveway, and your donation will go to help kidney patients in Utah and Idaho! To learn more about how your donation will help these people, take a look at our Why Donate a Car? article, which covers the many ways your donation is vital to the health of these people in need.

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Social Responsibility and Charitable Giving

What is Social Responsibility?

What does social responsibility mean? What does it mean for a company or corporation to be socially responsible?

The term ‘social responsibility’ may be a buzzword that you haven’t really thought about. It sounds good, sure, but its meaning is pretty important when choosing who to do business with. Money is a social contract: you give money to ‘someone’ (a person or company) in exchange for something you want more. But what happens after that?

Here are some questions to consider in every exchange you make:

  • What is it you want? A trip? A car? An education?
  • Do you think about what the person you’re paying has done or is going to do with your money after the exchange?
  • Does it matter to you what they do with it?

What if they were using the profit from a product to, for a more extreme example, fund a human trafficking operation? Or to sway an election? Would you care then? Probably. But while most people and companies are not doing something nefarious or criminal with the profits they earn, you would still hope they were paying their workers fair wages, improving the quality of their products, and even perhaps giving back to the community in some ways.

Social Responsibility is About Accountability

Social responsibility refers to the way we use the power of our money to not only increase the profit of a business or to get what we want, but to contribute to the welfare of society and the environment. While “cancel culture” can often be taken to extreme measures, it’s absolutely true that if we choose not to make exchanges with people or organizations that don’t align with what we believe to be right or beneficial, we can collectively enforce accountability for what is done with our hard-earned money.

What does a company do with their waste? Do they recycle? Give to the poor? Create business opportunities for others?

One of the best ways we can practice personal social responsibility is how we dispose of used household goods. Rather than waste something that still holds value to someone else, give it to charity instead.  The perfect example is car donation, like Kidney Kars of Utah. 

How Charitable Giving Aligns with Social Responsibility

When a car has come to the end of it’s mechanical road, so to speak, what should you do with it? You could get a few hundred dollars by selling it for junk. But does the junk yard responsibly contain the Freon, used motor oil, anti-freeze, and brake fluid? Did you accidentally get some money in exchange for worse air and water quality in your community?  That is the opposite of social responsibility.

Why waste, or worse, profit when you have the opportunity to give back? If you’re not certain how to dispose of an old car, donating a car feels is the right thing to do. You are sharing used goods with the needy, instead of throwing them away. Charities who operate locally, like the National Kidney Foundation of Utah’s Kidney Kars program, are likely to only do business with wrecking yards who recycle responsibly. The charity’s reputation depends on it. Besides, they live in the same community you do.

Charities by design benefit the needy in your community with the funds raised from your car donation. Kidney Kars both sells and recycles vehicle donations responsibly. You can feel good about giving funding to local kidney patients in medical and financial need. The towing is free, and you’ll even get a little money back as a tax deduction.

How Kidney Kars Aims to Practice Social Responsibility

Kidney Kars strikes a perfect equilibrium between social responsibility and charitable giving. Donating a car is personal social responsibility at its best. When we gift, instead of waste (or profit) by donating used items to charity, we give the gift of our example to our children: Waste not, want not. That too, is the power of our dollar. 

By donating your old car to Kidney Kars of Utah, you can be assured that your car will either be sold or recycled responsibly. Eighty-three cents of every dollar raised through your car donation helps Utah kidney patients struggling to pay for real medical emergencies, including the cost of doctors, pharmacies, transportation, housing, and proper nutrition. 

Donating a used to Kidney Kars of Utah car reduces waste and benefits your community through the work and mission of The National Kidney Foundation of Utah, an organization you can both trust and respect.

To Learn more about the car donation process, take a look at the topics below:

 

How Car Pick Up Works

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1.       Submit information online at www.towKars.org / or call our local Utah office at (801) 226-5111.

2.      The towing company will call you 24 hours after submitting your information to www.towKars.org

3.       The towing company will pick up the car around 48 hours (except on Sundays) after you’ve cleaned out the car and signed the title over to the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho.

4.       Tax Receipt will be emailed to you within 3-5 days.

5.       You’re done lightening the burden for and helping to save lives of Utah and Idaho kidney patients, for today.

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