"It's time. You can come get her."
Those can be painful words for many of us who have years of driving under our belts. The solemn call from the mechanic is never an easy one to take.
When KGOU member Michele Purvey heard those words about the car she named Ivy, at first she wasn't sure what to do.
"She had been parked in my driveway for a few weeks before my husband and I decided to really talk about what to do. Sell her to our cousin who works on cars? Have a pull recycler come get her? We couldn’t decide," says Michele.
"Then my husband said, 'Donate her to NPR!' Brilliant!"
Michele told us her mechanic didn't even charge for the diagnostic check. (You know it's got to be bad when your mechanic won’t charge you, right?)
"We love NPR and KGOU," says Michele, "And we felt that this is a win-win for all involved. I get my car taken off of my hands and KGOU gets some money off of it. Perfect! The process was easy peasy and I am glad I did it. I will miss my Ivy. She’s got a few dents...a duct tape rear light panel...missing an 'ear' (side mirror), but she was my very first car out of college, so she holds a dear spot in my heart. She gave me many good years and now she will give others joy through support of NPR programming."
It makes our day to hear from folks like Michele, who've donated their cars to support the programming they love on their local NPR and PBS stations. It's a great reminder of the important role NPR and PBS play in people's lives, and the generosity of our listeners and viewers. Michele, thanks-- and thanks for your story!