The Original 1-800-Charity Cars Helps Dreams Come True for Florida Family on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

Dec 10, 2010, 14:00 ET from 1-800-Charity Cars

Special Holiday Episode Airs this Week

LONGWOOD, Fla., Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ABC's award winning television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is known for transforming the lives of struggling families with the gift of a beautiful new home. America's award winning charity the Original 1-800-Charity Cars transforms the lives of struggling families with the gift of a free charity car. In a special holiday episode that airs this week, the two wish-granting groups team up to give a dual blessing to one family that critically needed a new home and a new car.

"Making a difference in the life of someone else is what the Holiday season is all about," reflected Brian Menzies, CEO of 1-800-Charity Cars. "Working with the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew to give a special family the lift it needed has been inspirational." He added, "When you give a gift, you are transformed by that experience, and discover that joy truly is in the giving."

The show featuring the Gaston family from Pensacola, FL is set to air this Sunday on ABC 8pm ET/ 7pm CT. It was originally taped in October 2010. After receiving the news from special guest Mariah Carey, the Gaston family vacationed for a week at the Walt Disney World resort. When the Gaston's returned, a new 3,600 square foot house decorated for Christmas was ready for them. As part of the big reveal the Gaston's also found a beautiful Ford Expedition, contributed by the Original 1-800-Charity Cars, in their new garage.

The Original 1-800-Charity Cars,, has provided over 4000 free vehicles to struggling families, like the Gastons, all across America. The national nonprofit has recently launched its social networking website Free Charity Cars,, where individuals can engage the help of their friends and the public and pursue their dream of car-ownership. Free Charity Cars has been phenomenally popular and attracts dozens of new heart wrenching and heartwarming stories of its own every week. The Original 1-800-Charity Cars leads the nation and has awarded over 320 free vehicles to struggling families this past year.

Ready to Make a Difference?

For those wanting to make a difference in the lives of struggling families, call 1-800-Charity Cars or visit their website to donate a car or other vehicle and receive a tax deduction you can apply to this year's taxes. For those who don't have a car or other vehicle to donate, it is still possible make a difference this holiday season by texting the word "Charity" to "90999" and donating $10 to 1-800-Charity Cars. Learn more by visiting The Original 1-800-Charity Cars at

About The Original 1-800-Charity Cars

Established in 1996, the Original 1-800-Charity Cars operates the largest free non-profit car-donation / distribution program in the nation. The award-winning program has received an avalanche of local and national publicity being featured on shows such as Oprah, Montel, Good Morning America, and CBS Morning News. Articles about this one-of-a-kind organization have appeared in the Non-Profit Times, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, People Magazine and a host of other publications across America. Among its many awards, the organization is honored to be a past winner of the prestigious Walt Disney World Outstanding Community Service Award.

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