UPDATE II: Found: Vehicle for Donating to Linda Needs a Van!

[Scroll to end of post for (PayPal) Update I and Update II.]

To the tune of Amazing Grace: “It once was lost, but now is found…”

Ray and Linda contacted their longtime friend and fellow Christian, Carl Seay, through whom they purchased their previous van and their current family car. He has agreed to open an account for the purpose of accepting donations toward the purchase of Linda’s van. We knew we’d need someone willing to operate under a different paradigm, and, lo, he was found….

  1. Richard

    Does the number on the paypal page include the checks that have been received? 

  2. BrentB67

    That is a great update.

  3. Lucy Pevensie

    Richard, my question too.  Perhaps someone could post updates here? 

  4. Western Chauvinist
    Richard: Does the number on the paypal page include the checks that have been received?  · 7 hours ago

    Not yet. I just spoke with Carl this morning and he said they’ve received their first check. He’ll add it to the total today.

  5. Western Chauvinist

    To track the fundraising progress for Linda Needs a Van (or to donate), go to:

    http://seayauto.com/linda-needs-a-van.html

  6. Nanda Panjandrum

    Donation in the mail, WC!  Thanks for your efforts!

  7. Lucy Pevensie

    OK, that total that doesn’t change quickly is getting frustrating to me.  There must be a way to help publicize this and get more donors (the temptation for me to keep giving more myself can only go so far).  I tried posting this on Facebook and one, but only one, of my friends (a woman with cerebral palsy) re-shared it.  Any other ideas? 

  8. Richard
    Lucy Pevensie: OK, that total that doesn’t change quickly is getting frustrating to me.  There must be a way to help publicize this and get more donors (the temptation for me to keep giving more myself can only go so far).  I tried posting this on Facebook and one, but only one, of my friends (a woman with cerebral palsy) re-shared it.  Any other ideas?  · 2 minutes ago

    You know how slow the mail is in the US, I bet it will go up significantly in a few days when more checks come in. I will probably make another contribution in a few weeks if they haven’t reached their mark, and I’m sure others will do so as well

  9. Richard

    For those of us outside the US, if you are using Paypal you need to input the dollar amount you intend to donate before you change the country location, otherwise it won’t work. 

  10. katievs

    I did it. Thanks for your persistence, WC.

    And thanks to the editors who made this post sticky.  I would have forgotten for sure otherwise.

  11. Lucy Pevensie
    Richard

    Lucy Pevensie: OK, that total that doesn’t change quickly is getting frustrating to me.  There must be a way to help publicize this and get more donors (the temptation for me to keep giving more myself can only go so far).  I tried posting this on Facebook and one, but only one, of my friends (a woman with cerebral palsy) re-shared it.  Any other ideas?  · 2 minutes ago

    You know how slow the mail is in the US, I bet it will go up significantly in a few days when more checks come in. I will probably make another contribution in a few weeks if they haven’t reached their mark, and I’m sure others will do so as well · 8 hours ago

    I get that. But I’d still love ideas from anyone who knows something about fundraising about how to get this appeal out to more people.  It would be better for me to find a way to get 10 people to each donate 20 dollars than for me to scrape the bottom of my pockets and try to come up with another 50 dollars myself.

  12. DocJay

    I hit up wealthy older very religious couple today and they are coming through.  

  13. Lucy Pevensie
    DocJay: I hit up wealthy older very religious couple today and they are coming through.   · 2 hours ago

    Wonderful!

  14. raycon and lindacon

    Linda and I have deliberately stayed off of this site, for the most part, because we don’t want to get in the way of what WC and TR have launched, and what you are all doing by way of response.

    It is now time to say thank you.  We are blessed greatly by you caring and concern for Linda’s needs.  We learned long ago that letting people know our needs isn’t begging, it is to be used by God to offer others an opportunity to give and be blessed by Him.

    We would like to thank you individually by email, but names on checks don’t tell us who most of you are, since those names are mostly not the pseudonyms we are familiar with.

    Thank you is such a short and seemingly inadequate means of expressing our gratitude, but we don’t want to dilute our thanks with many words.

    Thanks!

  15. Full Size Tabby

    Potential cost-saving opportunity, if that might ease some fundraising anxiety: There’s a relatively new company that is producing a van designed specifically for wheelchair use, the VPG MV-1. It appears the VPG van is cheaper than many conversions (about $40,000), and has some interesting features:

    • The flat floor seems to be lower (shallower ramp)

    • The ramp slides in under the floor, so it doesn’t take up interior space
    • There is space for the wheelchair user to right “shotgun,” in front, next to, rather than behind, the driver.
    • It uses a Ford V8 drivetrain, so the drivetrain should be really durable, although the vehicle’s overall reliability hasn’t been proven in the real world.
    • It’s not going to win any styling contests, but I suspect that’s not all that important here.

    I do not work for the company nor for any dealer. I see some around town because the dealer for Western New York is in my town. $40K for a purpose-built van would seem to warrant a look to compare with a $60K conversion.

    http://www.vpgautos.com

  16. The Mugwump

    My pledge is on the way.

  17. Dave Carter
    C

    Donation made.  Now to talk to some other folks.  I’m thinking that a great number of people will want to be a part of this.  

  18. Western Chauvinist
    Dave Carter: Donation made.  Now to talk to some other folks.  I’m thinking that a great number of people will want to be a part of this.   · 14 hours ago

    Thank you, Dave! This is key. We need lots of Ricochet folks sharing this story with lots of their frans — I mean, friends.

    To reiterate Ray and Linda’s message about sharing via FaceBook: 

    Simply copy the http://lindaneedsavan.com url into “What’s on your mind” status window, and post. 

    You might want to mention that you think it’s a worthy cause and have donated to it yourself. ;-)

    Thanks again, everyone!

  19. Lucy Pevensie
    Dave Carter: Donation made.  Now to talk to some other folks.  I’m thinking that a great number of people will want to be a part of this. 

    I keep thinking about how to get more people involved, and I was wondering: does setting up a Facebook page help people to share the information more easily?  Does anyone know?

  20. raycon and lindacon

    Facebook is very good at letting your friends know what is going on. 

    To link the website from your FaceBook page and email acquaintances. Just copy the URL:  http://lindaneedsavan.com to your FaceBook status window.  You do not need a “share” button.

    Any help we can get is much appreciated.

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