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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The Guide to Donating a Car to Kidney Kars

Why donate a car?

The biggest reason to donate a car is that the repairs cost more than the value of the car.  Also, that car is taking up driveway space. Perhaps it’s collecting parking tickets, or your paying to store it. When having an old car costs more than it’s worth, the scale tips.  So, no matter how good of a mechanic you are (unless you have a tree that grows money) all cars have an expiration date.  So why not donate that car to charity?

Here are some of the top reasons to donate a car:

  1. Your teenager wrecked the family car/drove it without oil/didn’t maintain it.
  2. You bought a new car and didn’t want to accept the trade-in value on your old car.
  3. That dumpy commuter is 12-15 years old, and has over 200,000 miles on it. You can’t justify spending another $800 to keep it going (because you know there is no end to the number of $800 repairs it’s going to need from now on).
  4. The car had an accident. It’s not totaled, but what are you going to do with it?
  5. You bought or inherited a “classic” and intended to refurbish it, but lost interest (or money).
  6. A parent or close family member passed away, and you’re not sure what to do with their car.
  7. Did you win the lottery and buy all new cars? Do you need a tax break from all that money?

Does that sound familiar (except maybe #7)? So, the good news is, that regardless of your car’s condition, you can donate any car as long as it has wheels (even if they’re flat), and a clear title.

Where to donate your car?

Start by picking a local 501(c)(3) charity, in good standing with the Utah State Division of Consumer protection.  Out of state charities, sometimes get far less or very little of the money raised from your car donation. A big chunk goes to the agency advertising and managing their car donation phone calls.  Make sure the charity receives at least 75% of the money raised. Kidney Kars of Utah is managed locally. So Kidney Kars donations stay local, and benefit local kidney patients.  But how to get started:

  1. Call the charity you are intending to donate to (801) 226-5111. Ask them where there office is? How much of the money from your car donation benefits Utah/Idaho patients?
  2. If you don’t like the answers from the first charity, call another charity. Unfortunately, there are a lot of charities advertising online. They can’t give you specifics on how your donation will be used like a local charity.

How to donate your car

Now you feel good about the chosen charity. Get ready to give them some details about the car.

Here’s how to donate:

  1. Find your car’s title (this will be the hardest part of the donation process!).
  2. Call the local charity or go online to www.towKars.org (be sure you’re on the local website!). Be prepared to answer a few questions: donor’s name, pick up address, phone number, email, VIN and title Number, mileage, and basic vehicle condition.
  3. Once the charity has the information, the next step should be getting a call from the tow company to arrange pick up. Kidney Kars can pick up a car in 24-48 hours (except Sundays).

How does car pickup work?

Once you’ve submitted the information to the charity about the car, the pick-up and towing is fairly straight forward and fast.

Here’s how the pick-up works:

  1. You will receive an email from the charity confirming your donation.  It will contain the phone number of the agency assigned to pick up your car.
  2. The towing company will call or text you from that number within 24-48 hours. They will give you a 3 hour window to estimate their arrival time.
  3. Remove all your personal belongings! That includes items in the glove compartment and in the trunk. The charity can’t be held responsible for items left in the vehicle.
  4. The towing company will ask you to leave the keys and title (signed over to the charity) inside the car.
  5. It’s not necessary for you to be there when they come to tow the car.

What to watch out for when donating!

  1. Be sure you are donating to your intended charity! Double check the website address in your search bar to make sure it’s www.towKars.org  That way, you’re sure you’re calling the local charity office at (801) 226-5111!
  2. You should immediately receive an email confirming your donation from the charity.
  3. Check to be sure the phone number of the towing company matches the number you received via email.

See?  Easy peasy!

During COVID-19, Utah and Idaho Kidney Patients Need Help Now More Than Ever

Because kidney patients don’t have the luxury of staying home: #CoronaVirus

The Difficulties Kidney Patients Face

Each year the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho serves 3,000 dialysis and transplant recipients in those states. There are over 500,000 kidney patients in the country who, on a good year, struggle to pay their medical bills, housing or transportation to and from dialysis.  WWW.TowKars.org is the primary source of that funding. When the price of gasoline soared to $4.00 a gallon in 2008, some patients literally could not afford the fuel to drive themselves to dialysis.  We received good-bye letters from patients, thanking us for helping them through kidney failure–but they were giving up on dialysis.  Think about that.  They were choosing to die quietly, because of the cost of gas.

Today, we have a different challenge: sheltering in place because of the Coronavirus. But self-quarantine and shelter in place isn’t an option for kidney patients.  Staying at home to limit pathogens while in groups, churches, at the grocery story, or gas station seems like a great idea when you have food in the fridge and don’t need to go to a clinic several times a week to stay alive. Hospital/clinic environments are especially dangerous to the immune-suppressed (which is every kidney patient in America). But kidney patients can’t NOT go to dialysis, even when the healthcare system is overwhelmed by a pandemic.  How do patients decide? Do they risk contracting Coronavirus by going to dialysis in order to stay alive, or stay at home and die of kidney failure?

Hopefully they don’t have to decide, and you can help.

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