Nonprofit Puts Framingham Man in the Driver’s Seat During National Car Shortage

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FRAMINGHAM – There is a global shortage of semiconductor microchips and pandemic-driven supply chain issues are affecting the automobile industry and causing a national shortage of new cars.

The shortage has driven the prices of used cars to historic highs as consumers struggle to find vehicles.

For low-income families, this car shortage has made purchasing a reliable used car harder than ever, and for many, has made it financially out of their reach.

Thankfully, a local nonprofit is helping Massachusetts residents obtain safe and reliable vehicles, and a Framingham man is one of the latest beneficiaries.

Todd Major was awarded a life-changing car from the vehicle donation nonprofit Good News
Garage. His used 2009 Mini Cooper, donated by a generous New Englander, will put him on the road towards self-sufficiency.

Major is one of over 5,500 recipients of a vehicle from Good News Garage since the charity began providing refurbished donated cars to neighbors in need in 1996.

The organization remains one of the few car-donation programs in the nation that awards donors’ old or unused cars to neighbors in need.

Upon receiving his new car, Major told Good News Garage he was “filled with joy, gratitude and appreciation” for the opportunity.

With the microchip shortage driving up car prices to record highs, the charity says the need for
donated vehicles is currently at an all-time high.

“While we can’t solve the car and chip shortage, we can certainly help some of those who are being hit the hardest,” said Cash Cranson, director of operations at Good News Garage. “But we can’t do it alone. 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 Massachusetts residents through a partnership with the
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC).

The organization remains one of the few car-donation programs in the country that awards donors’ old or unused cars to neighbors in need, and in doing so can offer donors generous tax deductions.

Car recipients must be employed or have a written plan for employment and meet other qualifying criteria. This program is administered out of Good News Garage’s Manchester, New Hampshire office.

For more information or to donate, visit

Good News Garage is a member of Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human services
organizations in New England. With locations throughout the region, Ascentria is creating
measurable, positive impact in communities by empowering people to reach beyond life’s challenges and thrive.

Good News Garage launched in Burlington, Vermont in 1996 as one of the nation’s first car
donation nonprofits providing affordable and reliable transportation options for people in need. Now expanded to Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Good News Garage has provided over 5,500 New England families with reliable vehicles. The organization’s goal is to increase opportunities for its clients to move out of poverty and into financial and social stability. For more information about Good News Garage or to donate a car, truck, or van visit or call 877.GIVE.AUTO (877.448.3288).


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