Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), the leading live and live online salvage auto auction company and wholly owned subsidiary of KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR), today announced the addition of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as the newest benefactor charity to join its national car donation campaign, One Car One Difference ®. One Car One Difference ® will now provide critical funding to RMHC chapters located in five states, including Florida, Kentucky, North Dakota, Ohio and West Virginia. These mark the first of many local and regional charities expected to join the campaign as One Car One Difference ® continues to grow its partnership with RMHC.
Participating RMHC chapters will use the funds generated from donated cars to support its Ronald McDonald House program and other vital services for the families of seriously ill children. In fact, one donated vehicle can provide up to one week of housing for a family in a Ronald McDonald House allowing them to focus on their critically ill child. Ronald McDonald House Charities created the following video to help demonstrate the value of a donated vehicle: 1 Car = 1 Week.
“With 159 locations across North America, we understand the impact of charitable giving in communities and believe One Car One Difference will not only raise awareness of the benefits of vehicle donation, but also will make a significant difference for charities in need of additional funding streams,” said Tom O’Brien, chief executive officer of IAA. “We are excited to initiate this partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities in five states and are working with them to expand the benefits of this relationship to other parts of the country so that more families in need can reap the greatest value from each car donated.”
RMHC maintains 310 houses in 52 countries across the world. The Houses allow families to stay together, providing greater stability for those in need and helps children heal faster and cope better. From its beginnings as a grassroots movement established by a partnership between volunteers and regional McDonald's Owner/Operators, the charity serves thousands of families at their deepest times of need every year.