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October 07, 2007

After hearing a presentation on the Good News Mountaineer Garage program at a Shepherdstown Kiwanis meeting, Calvin Whittington, chief financial officer at The Library Corporation, decided to donate two no-longer-needed company vehicles to the nonprofit agency in Martinsburg, W.Va.

"What better way to support the community than to help a West Virginia family become economically independent," Whittington said.

Good News Mountaineer Garage plays an important role in getting low-income West Virginians back on the road to work. Providing those in need a repaired donated car, van or truck changes the life of a family. A lack of transportation limits a family's ability to get a job, access safe and affordable housing or even to buy groceries.

Instead of trading in or selling a used vehicle, the Garage asks owners to consider donating it. Donors are eligible for a federal income tax deduction if they itemize their taxes and may also be eligible for a West Virginia income tax credit.

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Good News Mountaineer Garage is planning a Car Drop-Off Day on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Asbury United Methodist Church on W.Va. 480 south in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Only the keys and the title are needed. If you cannot drive the vehicle because you do not have a license plate or insurance, or cannot make it on the 20th, a vehicle pick-up can be arranged.

For more information, directions to the church or to request pick-up, call 304-260-0566.

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