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Drivers can help local, uninsured children (Sponsored)

Chron logo Chron 5/5/2021 Hearst Newspapers

The greater Houston area currently leads Texas for the highest number of uninsured children, with estimates of one in five families. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston (RMHCGHG) needs drivers’ help to get to these families and bring health care within reach to Houston neighborhoods.

The May 2021 Houston Auto Show will be the second year RMHC of Greater Houston/Galveston has been honored to have a booth in the Aftermarket Exhibit Expo, where attendees can learn more about the RMHC state-of-the-art pediatric urgent care clinic on wheels.

New this year at the booth is the addition of the vehicle donation program that offers a new way to drive health care within reach to children of Houston. For drivers who think that an old car or truck in their driveway isn’t worth much, RMHC would like to turn that thinking around.

“Our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile allows us to bridge the gap for thousands of underserved children by traveling directly to neighborhoods to provide quality medical care,” said Tanya Gee, executive director of RMHCGHG. “We can’t do this alone, whicha is why we’ve teamed up with the Houston Auto Show and CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services) to offer supporters a new way to drive health care within reach for more families.”

On average, every two vehicles donated could power the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile for one clinic day, bringing healthcare within reach of 50-80 families in need. Whether running or not, RMHC needs cars, trucks, recreational vehicle, and farm equipment. On top of that, drivers can claim a tax deduction for their charitable donation.

Donating a vehicle is easy, tax deductible, and avoids the hassles of selling or the costs of repairing altogether, as well as protect the environment by properly removing unwanted vehicles from the road. RMHC will make the arrangements to pick up the donated vehicle at no charge.

In partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital, RMHC of Greater Houston/Galveston works to remove health care inequities for families by bringing quality medical care, free of charge, in their own neighborhoods. Children with unmet health care needs cannot attend school or trade programs with focus required to attain the knowledge and skills necessary to seek higher education or employment. Without a healthy child, a parent may not be able hold stable employment and achieve financial strength to pull themselves out of economic disadvantage.

Vehicle donation program

For more information about donating a vehicle at the Auto Show, call 800-332-8201, or visit https://careasy.org/RonaldMcDonaldHouseCharitiesHoustonGalveston

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