Car repair charity looking for help

Car repair charity looking for help

There are 34 comments on the The Vancouver Columbian story from Jul 11, 2007, titled Car repair charity looking for help. In it, The Vancouver Columbian reports that:

“It's definitely been a blessing to the community.”

Vancouver, Wash. The CARpenter's Garage, a charitable ministry that helps people with their car repairs, is turning to the community for help so it can buy the building it uses. via The Vancouver Columbian

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Jeanie Banfield

Vancouver, WA

#24 May 28, 2010
I forgot to tell you I live in Longview Washington, and my Saturn is fixed finally and it is at premiere transmissions in Portland Oregon. I know many of you might think i will return to the abuse however i am done, i have been abused by Eric for 20 years now and before that i grew up being beat and abused in every way imaginable. I am dead set on moving on, i hope you believe me, and i do not want the money handed to me but given to the shop who fixed it if you can, anything will help, believe me when i say, if you can help or not i appreciate it more than you know

Bessemer City, NC

#27 Oct 14, 2010
Hello everyone, my name is Roger and I am from the Charlotte NC area. I have a 97 Chrysler LHS that has served me well since I got it almost 5 years ago after someone ran a red light and totaled my other car. Second day I owned the LHS I hit a deer and totaled it (in value only). The insurance paid off the car and I spent what money I had to fix what I could. But now over the last 5 years, what I couldn't fix has gotten worst and to the point of complete failure.

I have been disabled for the last 3 1/2 years and only receive a small check each month ($870). After rent, utilities, food, insurance, and gas-there is nothing left to save for anything.

Car needs about $500 in parts and I have a friend that owns a garage and is willing to cut me a break on labor (1/2 off). But still will be about $200 in labor-so about $700 total to fix.

I am not a single mom or a war vet, and I am sure there are people more needy then me. I am simply an average guy with limited income in need of some help. If anyone can help with a donation of cash or even the parts, or the labor if your in the Charlotte/Gastonia NC area. It would be deeply appreciated.

you can contact me at to help. I will give you my address if you wish to send check/mo - I can do PayPal if you wish, but rather not as they take a % of the money.

Thanks, and God bless

Bessemer City, NC

#28 Oct 14, 2010
sorry, forgot to say what was wrong with car in case someone wanted to check prices on parts and donate.

97 Chrysler LHS needs both front axles, both front wheel hub assemblies, motor mounts, and while it all torn down front brake pads. Thanks

Dearborn, MI

#29 Dec 30, 2010
Patty Badgett wrote:
I was abandoned by my husband..and I am left with nothing..My car needs a motor and I really need help..It's so discouraging..I've tried to get help but there are no charities in my town that do that sort of thing. my e mails is
i know that social services can help if you recieve any FIA assistance, you can try and get the judge to make your husband pay to fix your automobile.
Harold Johnson

Dallas, TX

#30 Jan 1, 2011
I am a senior citizen on a fixed income. I am looking for a high school or auto trade school in the Garland, TX area that might be able to help me get my car up and running.

I have a 1997 STS. My service "engine light" Is on and my car misses badly. The struts are bad causing the car to bounce like a buckboard.

Bottom line is I need the car desperately!! Unfortunately, I don't have the money to get the car repaired.

Even so, if push comes to shove, I would try my best to purchase the necessary parts for repairs.

To accommodate a school who is willing to take on this project, I will be able to do without a car for up to 90 days.

In it's current state, although it is drivable, I can't put it on the street because I can't get an inspection sticker with the light on.

I will be thankful for any help or advice anyone has to give. Thanks! Harold
Harold Johnson

Dallas, TX

#31 Jan 1, 2011
My e-mail address is:
Travis Merrill

Berwick, PA

#32 Jun 23, 2011
I have been out of work since last October due to a baack injury. March 1, 2011 I had major back surgery. I had decompressive lumbar laminectomy to my L-4 and L-5 vertabrae, I had three disks replaced, along with a fusion, screws plus a cage inserted into my spine between my L-4 & L-5. Four weeks later I received a phone call out of the blue from the surgeon that there was a mistake. It turned out it was a life threating mistake. The cage that they inserted into my spine slipped out the front of my spine and ended up tangling with my Main Veins going from my Heart to left leg. My second sugery was May 25, 2011 and I almost lost my life that day. I had to have two Heart & Vascular Surgeons plus the orthopedic surgeon that made the mistake. Since the cage slipped out into my main veins the only way they were able to get the cage out was to tear my veins my main veins going from my heart to my leg. It took them 6 hours to get my bleeding to stop, and I lost 2 Liters of blood. I was in Critical Care Unit for 5 days. I have just lived a horrific nightmare, almost died and this was all in a couple of months. I have a wife and two boys that I love dearly, I can't believe after all I've just been through that I'm struggling to find help. And during all of this my second son was born April 25, 2011 and my wife had an emergency C-section and was out of work for 2 months. We are struggling to find help! My Truck won't start now my wifes car just died, and bills keep getting harder and harder. Please if Anyone - Anybody - Charity - Organization please E-mail me if you can help my e-mail address is Thank you, I not asking for my problems to suddenly disappear I would just love some help, and it would be greatly appreciated.

United States

#33 Sep 13, 2011
I really need help fixing my truck can't anyone help I am disabled and was riped off from dealer 7326205883 please thank you
Jacque Daniels

Dallas, TX

#34 Nov 28, 2011
My engine blew up and I'm still making payment. My insurance can't help and I even tried to contact cryster to see if I could get some assisstant in covering the cost of a new engine. I was told that the dealership is not able to help me. The car is primarily being used by my daughter to get to and from work and to take the children to app'ts. I would appreciate someone to give me some answers about how to go about using a charitable source to get my car fix. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Contact me through my e-mail:
Dorothy slack

United States

#35 Jan 29, 2012
Hello my name is dorothy slack and my husband name is darryl slack and he is legally blind we really need help on fixxing our wheel barron on our car wheel at least thats what someone tolded us please call me to let us know if theirs a number with a charity that can help us. Thank you, In need of HELP
Nicholas Keilty

United States

#36 Jul 23, 2012
Hi I am disabled and need help fixing my car. I can pay small payment a just need it to run. 5033962538


#37 Jul 25, 2012
Sounds like a bunch of pan handlers looking to get a fast buck. What about you all's kinfolks and KIDS helping you get a ride HUH?????? Go ask the democract party for help and I bet they will for your vote(hand outs). Ericka runs a birthing clinic in Vancouver and if you are fixing to have A baby she will help if you let her adopt the child out. Look in the phone book or ask the charity in town they know of her.


#38 Jul 25, 2012
Patty Badgett wrote:
I was abandoned by my husband..and I am left with nothing..My car needs a motor and I really need help..It's so discouraging..I've tried to get help but there are no charities in my town that do that sort of thing. my e mails is
Go to the base and ask the M.P. where the repair shop is at and you should know about the Salvation Army if you live in Lawton or the Ft. Sill auto repair shop. You are full of it if you think that some one would belive you in thinking there are no charities in Lawton, Oklahoma or Fort Sill. Are you panhandling also???
Carla Butler

Bothell, WA

#39 May 22, 2013
My husband is stuck in Pennsylvania. He don't have enough money to get a transmission for our Tahoe and to get back home to Washington state, where we live. I have never done this before, but I am desperate. Is there any charity that can help my husband to getthe help he needs so he can get home. He was staying back there for awhile, but it's not working out and need to get back home. He has no place to stay and two dogs to take care of, which he wants to bring back home, as they are from here too. If anyone has any ideas please contact me.

Thank you

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