In a season of reflection, I have realized there are many things I take for granted. Certainly the daily blessings of a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes to wear are the usual ones we take advantage of day in and day out without a second thought. But then I realized I also had been taking for granted my access to medical care. Good medical care. As I begrudgingly drove to a recent doctor appointment, grumbling in my head about having to go and not wanting to be there, I was convicted of those thought with the realization that I should be giving thanks that I was able to access medical care so easily and that many people in this world, in our very own country, can go years without ever seeing a doctor.
Simultaneously it also occurred to me what a blessing it was that I had a car to drive to that appointment. Any day of the week, any time of the day, I have the luxury of a car to transport myself anywhere I need to be. Mind you, it’s not a fancy car. I don’t have all the computerized panels, the reverse cameras, and the Bluetooth technology. Heck, I don’t even have electric seats! But, nonetheless, my car is awesome and it is reliable and it gets me where I need to be.
These thoughts of abundance brought my thoughts around to Chariots4Hope. This beautiful and small, yet mighty, organization that provides vehicles to individuals and families in need through donations of cars from the community. When we first heard about them, it was an immediate no-brainer that we would add them to the charities we would partner with for donations. Men and women, singles and families, have received the blessing of a vehicle because of Jason and Michelle Hurt’s “aha” moment that evolved into Chariots4Hope. They knew that by connecting people with a car to give with people in need of transportation, they could help people in their community become self-sufficient, independent, and better able to achieve their goals and care for their families.
Anyone can donate a car, no matter the condition, and Chariots4Hope will turn that car into a working, reliable means of transportation for someone in need. Take the time to witness all the Changed Lives – their smiles are contagious! One vehicle means the end of hours of commuting by bus for a parent who gets up at 5 a.m. to get children to school and themselves to work. One vehicle means the ability to make it to work no matter the weather as it is no longer dangerous to walk miles in below zero winds. One vehicle means the ability to get to much-needed medical treatments. One vehicle means someone gets a brand new lease on life, and isn’t everyone deserving of that?
As we do with the products for our gift boxes, we’ve curated the top travel tips that, above all others, make the biggest difference for a successful trip – anytime of year.