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Buy a car and help a veteran

November 15, 2018

LA PORTE – Three car dealerships and the La Porte Exchange Club have teamed up to raise money for veterans this month through a program called “Veterans Matter.”

The car dealerships were asked to donate $11 per car sold to the program, and Sauers Buick, Big Ford and La Porte Chrysler all agreed to the effort, which will benefit housing homeless veterans in Indiana.

Veterans Matter is a nationwide, non-profit that works with the Veterans Administration. In Indiana, more than 200 veterans have been housed so far.

When singer John Mellencamp became the campaign chair, an anonymous donation of $37,000 was given.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so in several ways. If you buy a car from one of the participating dealerships, $11 will be donated. Interested persons can also go to any of the dealerships and give a monetary donation without having to buy a car.

“We want to support our military and our appreciation for them,” Mark Jensen of Sauers Buick said. “We want the military and first responders to benefit from the program.”

Sauers is also offering discounts to veterans buying cars, as well as the $11 dollar per car sold donation. The goal is to reach $1,000 in the program, which lasts through November.

Matt Magnuson of La Porte Chrysler teamed up with the Exchange Club because he thought it was a really good idea.

“We have a few vets working here, and we plan to promote on Facebook that you don’t have to buy a car. You can come in and donate any amount you wish to help out.”

La Porte Chrysler even upped the ante from $11 per car to $33.

Scott Cizewski of Big Ford La Porte wanted to support vets and thought the program was a great way to do something helpful.

“The veterans and their families in need should have help,” he said. “We don’t have a goal set but just want to do what we can.”

Interested parties can also send donations to the Exchange Club of La Porte by making checks payable to: Exchange Club of La Porte County Indiana, P.O. Box 810, La Porte, IN, 46350; and indicate “Veterans Matter” on the memo line.

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