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Friday marked the end of the van era around here.
I've owned four full-sized vans over the last 25 years or so: GMC and Ford cargo vans and two Chevy conversion vans. All were purchased for use in hauling weekend Journal Sentinels, but came in handy when other large things needed moving. It's been six years since last I hauled a newspaper.
The 1988 Chevy conversion I've had for eight years was the last to leave. After several years of owning it it became unreliable and soon after was uninsured and unlicensed. For the last two years it's been undriveable.
Even though the engine didn't run and the battery was uncharged, I wasn't quite ready to unload the van. It was not unsightly, and it's large size offered extra storage space. I recently began storing an old mower and other things inside it.
With a relative, along with her two pets and one car, soon moving in with us parting with the van was unfortunate, but unavoidable.
Like two of the previous vans, this one also was unselfishly donated to a charity. Unlike the others, this one will go to benefit the unemployed and other unfortunate folk in the area via the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of which I'm a member. It's only recently we've been accepting vehicles, and the donation was surprisingly easy. I logged in the information on the national vehicle donation website and was called to make an appointment. Though for some reason their Thursday pick up was unsuccessful, by Friday it was gone. I didn't even have to be around.