Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sgt. Edgar Morales, 1LAR, Family Christmas Day Surprise

Cars 4 Causes and Project Hollywood Cares Gifts War Veteran with Car (Photo Credit: Carmen Williams)

War Veteran Receives Christmas Day Surprise

Cars 4 Causes Partners with Project: Hollywood Cares to Donate Much Needed Vehicle to Military Family

LOS ANGELES---Cars 4 Causes®, the charity that gives to charities, today announced its donation of a Volkswagen Phaeton car to Project: Hollywood Cares for gifting to the Morales family on Christmas Day. Looking to donate the car to a veteran in need, Cars 4 Causes sought out local military-focused charity, Project: Hollywood Cares, to source a deserving family for this special Christmas giveaway. At 11am today in Hawthorne, California, Cars 4 Causes and Project: Hollywood Cares surprised returning war veteran, Edgar Morales, with the car at their home.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have worked with Cars 4 Causes when the idea of helping a returning service member in need with the surprise gift of a car on Christmas Day was presented”

Edgar, a Sergeant in the U.S .Marine Corp, returned home in November after completing a 7 month tour in Afghanistan. With Edgar having a 3 plus hour daily commute to report to Camp Pendleton each day, his wife Wilma in school finishing her degree, a new baby at home and only one vehicle between them, the Morales’s were very much in need of reliable transportation.

“I can’t believe this surprise on Christmas Day! I am shocked and so grateful for this car,” said Edgar Morales, Sergeant in the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Supply division at Camp Pendleton. “Thank you very much to Cars 4 Causes and Project: Hollywood Cares. This car is perfect and it will be a huge help to me and my family.”

“We are thrilled to have partnered with Project: Hollywood Cares to give this great vehicle to the deserving and gracious Morales family on Christmas Day,” said Matt Smith, Director of Cars 4 Causes®. “A main focus of Cars 4 Causes is to ensure that help goes where it is needed, so to see this final outcome of people’s charity is what it’s all about at the end of the day. This is a very fulfilling way for us to end the year, and also encouraging for continuing our hard work in 2011.”

Cars 4 Causes®, America’s first vehicle donation charity, accepts donations of all vehicles - cars, boats, motorcycles, and RV’s - expertly evaluates each donation and, if cost effective makes necessary repairs in order to sell the vehicle while ensuring the highest tax deduction value and net proceeds to charity. A select number of vehicles, one car per month, are set aside for donation directly to families in need through the Cars 4 Causes® Give-Away Program, as is the case with the Morales family.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have worked with Cars 4 Causes when the idea of helping a returning service member in need with the surprise gift of a car on Christmas Day was presented,” said Tom Fick, founder of Project: Hollywood Cares. “After ten years of multiple wartime deployments, helping returning soldiers in need is a very important mission for our nonprofit. After serving numerous multiple deployments, our military personnel are faced with many difficult challenges when returning home. The Veterans Administration is overwhelmed and laden with problems, therefore it’s so important for the nonprofit sector to step up and provide support. In this case, Cars 4 Causes was the perfect fit for a U.S. Marine and the Morales family, and this Vet looks forward to more initiatives like this to support our returning soldiers and veterans as we continue to ask for more service and sacrifice from them.”

Project: Hollywood Cares distributes products of the entertainment industry, such as DVDs of popular movies, to deployed troops, wounded soldiers in military hospitals and the surviving spouse & children of fallen heroes in efforts to support America's military personnel for their dedicated service and sacrifice. As the charity grows through various partnerships and greater awareness, expanded programs of special projects, events, outings and hospital visits begin to offer additional support to the mission.

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About Cars 4 Causes

Originally founded in 1997 by concerned parents to support education for children with disabilities, Cars 4 Causes® is a 501(c)(3) charity that accepts vehicle donations, evaluates and makes cost-effective repairs if warranted, sells them to consumers and dealers, and then donates the proceeds to the charity of the donors’ choosing. Using three main areas of sale – retail, wholesale, and clean air, Cars 4 Causes® is able to receive the highest return on vehicle donation in the industry. Since its founding, Cars 4 Causes® has received over $100 million in donations from over 150,000 vehicles, and has shared proceeds with over 15,000 charities.

About Project: Hollywood Cares

Project: Hollywood Cares is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation supported by concerned citizens, veterans, volunteers and entertainment industry professionals. It's threefold mission is designed to boost morale, express gratitude and improve quality of life military issues while supporting America's service personnel presently tasked with multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan & Iraq, help wounded soldiers rehabilitating in military hospitals and provide financial support & assistance to the surviving spouse and children of our fallen heroes killed in action. PHC's detailed command support program provides large entertainment libraries which include the four major products of Hollywood, (Emmy nominated television programs, feature films, music CDs and video games). The charity conducts a wide program of visits, outings, events and special projects in support of active duty personnel, military families and rehabilitating wounded soldiers.

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