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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Care-A-Van for Kids seeks volunteer drivers Care-A-Van for Kids seeks volunteer drivers (June 16, 2004)

Care-A-Van for Kids is looking for volunteer drivers. Care-A-Van is a free volunteer-driver transportation program that serves seriously ill and disadvantaged children from San Mateo, Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Alameda counties.

The volunteers should be willing to drive children with life threatening illnesses, accompanied by parents, to the hospital a minimum of once every month. A day of driving and waiting can easily consume 15 hours, according to Lucile Packard Hospital.

Many of the current volunteers are local firefighters who give up their days off in order to drive kids to and from hospitals.

The program was founded in 1998 and last year helped 169 families with a total of 550 rides over 52,000 miles, and consuming 1,761 hours and an estimated $100,000 worth of driving, according to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Care-A-Van for Kids' administrative/business office is based in the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford under the hospital's Department of Social Services.

For more information, call Erin Champion at 498-2569 or go to www.lpch.org.


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