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BENNINGTON — With record-high car prices leaving many local families stranded this winter, a Vermont nonprofit hopes donors will choose to pass along their keys.

Holly Davis of Bennington is one of the latest beneficiaries of a donated car from Good News Garage. She was awarded a 2005 Toyota Sienna at the end of November. Good News Garage was founded in Vermont in 1996 as one of the nation’s first nonprofit car donation programs. Since then, it has helped car donors give over 5,500 vehicles to neighbors in need.

Good News Garage says the need for donated vehicles is at a critical level. Car donations are what fuels the organization and allows it to help others. But due to a national car shortage, there’s only so much the organization can do to put neighbors on the road to self sufficiency.

“While we can’t solve the car shortage, we can certainly help some of those who are being hit the hardest,” said Cash Cranson, director of operations at Good News Garage. “However, our ability to help is limited by the number of car donations we receive. During this difficult time, choosing to donate your car is an act of kindness and compassion that makes a huge, immediate impact.”

Good News Garage awards cars to Vermont residents through a partnership with the state’s Reach Up agency. Car recipients must be Reach Up participants to qualify for cars. Those interested can find out more about Reach Up at

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