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PCC asks for donated cars to help students get to school

PCC asks for donated cars to help students get to school

CREATED Nov 26, 2012

Web Producer: Nikki O'Shea, Taylor Higgins

TUCSON (KGUN 9-TV) - The Pima Community College Foundation wants your help to get their students to class - literally. 'Tis the season to donate your unwanted vehicles that are given to needy students, or sold to fund scholarships.
C.J. Karamargin, Vice Chancellor of Public Information for PCC, said the donated cars will raise funds for scholarships that help pay for tuition, books or school supplies for hundreds of PCC students each year. Perfectly functioning cars will be given to deserving students so they are able to take on-campus classes.
Melissa Johnson, 38-year-old single mom attending PCC this semester, received a 2001 Subaru Outback donated by PCC Foundation Board member Leo Roop. The mother of two said the car makes it easier for her to get to school, work and the doctor for her daughter. "I used to worry about my safety when traveling alone on the bus after dark," Johnson said. "The vehicle has been a true blessing."
This fall, the foundation awarded 670 scholarships at roughly $710 per award for a total of $475,000 issued. Most scholarships will be renewed in the spring, according to Karamargin.
To learn more about the PCC Foundation and making donations, call (520) 206-4646, email foundation@pima.edu or visit the webpage at http://www.pima.edu/give-to-pima/ways-to-give/index.html.
If a donated car is sold, the donor can claim a tax deduction equal to the amount of the sale, according to the IRS. If the car is awarded to a student, the donor may estimate the vehicle's value for a deduction.