Larry Pentlin, left, and Phil Goss of Midway Auto Parts, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, pose with some of the company’s trucks. Midway has been partnering with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph for the Cars4KC program since the summer of 2019. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIDWAY AUTO PARTS, INC.
by Katie Peterson
Special to The Leaven
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One hundred sixty-six.
That’s how many donated cars Midway Auto Parts, Inc., here have worked on and sold for auction or for parts since it began partnering with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph for the Cars4KC program in the summer of 2019.
“We’ve been involved with Catholic Charities for going on the past five years,” explained Ryan Falco, Midway Auto co-partner. But when this program opportunity came along, it just “made sense for us.”
“When we found out Catholic Charities had this . . . going on with [Cars4KC],” Falco said, “we felt that we could get more money for the vehicles — which would, in turn, give more money to all the good that Catholic Charities does in northeast Kansas and Missouri.”
The fundamentals of the program are simple: Instead of trading in or trying to sell a car they no longer need, donors contact Cars4KC. Midway Auto arranges for the collection of the car they want to donate, then handles the repair and the sale of it. Profits from that sale go straight to Catholic Charities.
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