Vandals strike Salvation Army auto lot

Vandals strike Salvation Army auto lot

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - With the first Auto Auction of 2014 just around the corner, The Salvation Army Augusta Area Command is continuing to urge people to donate old boats, cars and SUVs. The auction yard currently contains 55 vehicles that have been donated for the February 1st auction, but four of those vehicles were vandalized this weekend. 

Donated vehicles are kept in a locked, fenced enclosure next to The Salvation Army's Center of Hope at 1384 Greene Street.

"It appears that this weekend, several trespassers threw rocks over the fence and broke windows on several of the cars," explained Auction Coordinator, Max Williams.

"We see every vehicle as a life that can be changed here at the Center of Hope," said Development Director John Sebby.  "With four less cars, we may not be able to help as many people."

As an extra incentive, the organization is giving free 3-month Individual Gold Memberships to The Kroc Center to every person who donates a vehicle to the auction. 

Salvation Army representatives will pick up donated cars until Friday, Jan. 24. After that day cars can still be donated as long as the donor brings in the car. The last day to bring in a car for the Feb. 1 auction is Jan. 28.

The Salvation Army Auto Auction is one of The Salvation Army's largest fundraisers of the year. Proceeds from the auction directly support social services for those in need in the Greater Augusta Area. Programs such as the free Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation program, emergency shelter, Soup Line, and Job Skills Training will benefit from the money raised. If you have a vehicle that you are interested in donating and would like more information, please contact the Auction Coordinator at 706.826.7933 ext. 3178.