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CARTHAGE — Dionne-Rumble Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7227 is taking part in a campaign to give free, reliable vehicles to deserving military veterans.

The Recycled Rides Program was created in 2010 by a Long Island car dealer and a VFW member who decided to refurbish cars and donate them to veterans.

“Insurance companies donate cars, vendors donate paint and parts and mechanics donate their time repairing the vehicles and restoring them to prime condition for the veterans,” states an article on the national VFW website.

To date, the program has donated 32 cars, and it hopes to expand to serve veterans across the United States.

Jane A. Reape, past state president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and secretary of VFW Post 7227’s auxiliary, is the local contact person for the Recycled Rides Program.

“I want to help veterans, and I see the need in Northern New York for this program since there is a lack of mass transit,” Mrs. Reape said. “This area has a depressed economy and there’s a lot of veterans here.”

Mrs. Reape has applications available for the program, which is based on income and need. Applicants must be VFW members or affiliated with the organization, have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, and be able to pay six months’ insurance in advance.

Mrs. Reape may be reached at 493-2360 or janereape@yahoo.com.

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