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Primary Children’s Hospital Endorses the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho

To Whom it May Concern,

We are the social workers following all pediatric patients who receive dialysis or kidney transplant care at Primary Children’s Hospital.

Throughout their journey with kidney failure, our patients and their families face many challenges. To offset financial burdens and provide support during the most difficult times, we rely on the emergency funds provided by the National Kidney Foundation. Families are grateful for this assistance, and it has prevented evictions and utility shutoffs during cold winter months.

Our  pediatric kidney patients also take part in the youth camp and family camp offered by the National Kidney Foundation.

These events are important to our kids and families, as they offer an opportunity for patients to recreate together and share their unique experiences. Many of our families have met during these events and have maintained close and supportive relationships.

As social workers, we consider the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho to one of our most valued resource for patients and families.

We are grateful for the assistance the organization has provided to our families. We are grateful for those who so generously make donations or who donate a used car Utah Kidney Kars (towKars.org).  We hope that these important services will continue to be available .
Sincerely,

Casey Stillman, LCSW  & Naomi Ericson, LCSW
Dialysis/Kidney Transplant Social Workers
Primary Children’s Hospital

Intermountain Health Endorses the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho Patient Care

I am writing this letter in Support of the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho.

I have worked with NKFU&I patient programs for many years as a social worker who has access to all NKFU&I patient services in Utah and Idaho. End Stage Kidney Disease is very disruptive to all aspects of a person’s life. It will destroy finances and the ability to earn a livelihood. It causes stress as people deal with financial disruptions while examining their mortality and having a changing role in their families. The National Kidney Fund of Utah and Idaho has programs that help with all these disruptions.

The NKFU helps with the medical financial emergencies that come up for kidney patients due to the financial hardships of not being physically able to work full time or having to reduce the their work hours.

Over the last year, NKFU&I has stopped a patient’s house from being foreclosed upon, kicked out of apartment, helped pay for  car repairs (so they can get to & from dialysis), they have kept the heat on in the winter, and helped solve many financial crises that my patients have experienced.

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho helps sick people feel like people!

Their outreach programs like Youth Transplant Kamp and Family Kidney Kamp allow people with kidney disease and their families to meet with others in similar situations. They allow people to laugh and cry together and to be strengthened in their resolve to keep going. I have had patients transformed by family Kamp, they were depressed and alone and when they came back, they reengaged with their health care and worked at getting a transplant. They had a renewed strength to carry on. Family Kamp also helps the patient’s family. It gives them a chance to feel “normal’ and have fun. For many of my patients it is their only opportunity to have a chance to be away from their homes.

NKF is a vital link in helping my patients that are on dialysis.

They are extremely responsive to my patients’ needs. They have programs that help with the biggest challenges of dialysis patients. I don’t know what I would do without them. I am grateful to all who chose to donate their old car to towKars.org, support the Kidney Walk, and who make financial donations which are available to all who dialyze at Intermountain Dialysis facilities!

Matt Groen, LCSW

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

 

 

Me, doing taxes without a CPA

Right?  lol.  I hope you all got your Kidney Kars tax deduction from www.towKars.org before you filed your 2017 tax return.

April 17, 2017 is Tax Day. The National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho has received close to 3,000 Kidney Kars donations this year.  In the past 3 weeks, we’ve had 150 requests Kidney Kars Donors asking for their tax receipts.  Many call or write us angrily accusing us of never sending their tax receipts.  Almost 98% of the time the receipt was in fact, already sent (time stamped by our database, and our email server).  However, 50% of the time, the receipt was emailed to a bogus or junk mail email account, that the donors themselves provided at the onset of the donation process. The other 48% of missing tax receipts made their way into spam (because of our .org address) or was straight up overlooked and then deleted by the donor.

I have no problem with junk email addresses.  I have one (don’t we all?). But if you want a TAX RECEIPT for your charitable contribution, consider giving your ACTUAL email address for a start.  The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho promises never to send junk mail. But I understand. There are a lot of charities that send a lot of additional promotions or continued appeals.  I guess Kidney Kars donations are the exception to that rule.  We’ve so carefully guarded the email addresses and pledged to use them only for tax purposes.   Anyway, to all of those who donated their car to Kidney Kars of Utah & Idaho for a tax deduction, we hope you get a tax return or that your payment to the IRS was not too painful.  Most specifically, we hope your Kidney Kars donation (free towing, tax deductible!) helped lower your tax liability.  So on behalf of the 3,000 Utah and Idaho kidney patients who benefit from the health and human medical financial services our programs provide, we thank you!

Donate the Car, Keep the Memories

donate the darn car

Donate the Car, Keep the Memories

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6aLXi2MUmQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UU5Cs788esAFTEDVktHFry1g

Thank you National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho

Monday, July 8, 2013
Dear National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho.
Recently, I applied for and received a financial emergency donation grant from the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho. It was applied to my mortgage payment at a time when it was severely needed. I don’t know what I would’ve done without your help. My only income is Social Security & Retirement, and when I require additional medications or hospital stays it does not cover all our expenses! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this donation/grant. I was able to catch up on some medical bills. I really appreciate all the NKF of Utah & Idaho does for kidney patients, with help like this, all the information you provide on kidney disease, etc.
Sincerely,
R. Rudolph

When you donate your car to National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Kidney Kars car donation program, this is who you are helping:

Dear Kidney Foundation,

I will be forever thankful for the financial aid grant I received from the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho this week. I literally have no idea what would have happened if I hadn’t received the grant to pay my debt to the gas company. I could not have survived the winter in my home without heat but I didn’t know how I could pay for it. It was such a cold winter. Once more I thank you with all my heart for the help and hope that you’ll be there for others in their time of need. GOD BLESS YOU .

Sincerely,
DJ Burlison

Lost wallet and car stolen– the National Kidney Foundation of Utah helps Utah kidney patients

Dear National Kidney Foundation, Just wanted to drop you a note telling you how grateful we are for this program that helped us with a large utility bill this summer.  On the 1st of July, I lost my wallet with $2,000 in cash from a paycheck that I had just cashed. I think it fell out of my car when I got out to go to the grocery store, and when I came back to look for it, it was gone! Then over labor day weekend, our car was stolen. It was found 3 days later with a punctured tire, and towed to an impound yard. We had to wait until our next pay day to get it out of impound! Even though it was not our fault the car was stolen, they charged us $960 to get the car out of impound. So it is with deeply grateful hearts, we say “thank you” for being the one piece of good news and good luck we have had in a long time. We are so grateful to the Kidney Foundation for their help in getting our utility bill paid so we could buy our meds and keep current on our insurance premiums. God bless you for all you do for kidney patients! Sincerely, V. & B. McMarin, Sandy, UT

I am always SO cold.

Dear Kidney Foundation of Utah, I am a grateful recipient of a grant from the foundation. I received assistance to pay my heat bill. My husband had two very serious injuries at work and was hospitalized around the time I was diagnosed as being in the final stages of renal failure. We lost our home and the basement apartment we can afford is so cold. Because of the dialysis and my low creatine levels, I am ALWAYS COLD. We have been careful not to turn up the heat because we can’t afford it. But it was just so cold this month. We truly appreciate the grant of $122 to help us pay our heat bill. Your generosity is so deeply appreciated. Sincerely, Curtis and Dorothy R. (Athon, Idaho)