Donate your car to Lydia’s House!


“Easy to donate”

Donors tell us it’s easy.

They tell us donating an unwanted car or truck is easier and faster than selling it on their own. They also tell us it’s a satisfying way to make a larger donation than they normally could. These donations make a big impact. Consider donating your unwanted car in support of Lydia’s House.


“Don’t want to deal with it”

Do you want to get rid of an old vehicle but don’t want to deal with selling it… fixing it… or junking it? Consider donating it to Lydia’s House! The donation process is safe and simple…. you get rid of your unwanted vehicle… you may qualify for a tax deduction… AND support Lydia’s House!  Find out more about donating your unwanted car, boat, motorcycle or RV… whether it runs, or not!… click here for more information!


“A way to give more”

Every donation to Lydia’s House makes a difference. Many of our donors tell us they wish they could give more. If you’re looking to get rid of a vehicle… but don’t want the hassle of selling it or fixing it… consider donating it! Donating your car is a fast, safe and easy way to support the programming you value. Make a difference by donating your unwanted vehicle…


“Nothing into something”

Do you know that your car is worth more than the “no thank you” you just got from a dealer? Turn nothing into something powerful by donating that car to Lydia’s House. All you need is the title and we’ll take care of the rest. It’s safe, fast and easy. And you may qualify for a tax deduction. Your generous donation will support the women and children at Lydia’s House! To learn how to donate your vehicle, click here or call the number below.

CALL 1-866-628-CARS(1-866-628-2277)

A Night for Hope and Healing

A Night for Hope and Healing

Our 2019 Night for Hope and Healing was a huge success! Thank you to all of those who attended and supported the women and children of Lydia’s House.

Save the date for our 2020 Night for Hope and Healing!

February 29, 2020

The DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis-Chesterfield

Click here to register!


Holiday Project

Discover the joy in helping others.

We are currently looking for individuals, families, and organizations to participate in our 2019 Holiday Project. With your help, Lydia’s House will provide gift and meal baskets for 50 families (50 adult women and 85 children).


Adopt a Family

You have the option to make a difference in the lives of one family or multiple families. Once you fill out the registration form below, we will send you the residents’ wish list, ages, and children’s genders.

Holiday Meal

If you choose to provide a meal basket for our Holiday Meal, we ask for non-perishable items such as canned vegetables, cake mixes, mac ‘n cheese, baking items, and for the meat products we request providing grocery store gift cards. Once you fill out the registration form below, we will send you a detailed list of suggested Holiday Meal items.

Drop-Off Date


For additional details, please email or call (314)771-4411.

Thank you for supporting the women and children of Lydia’s House this Holiday Season!

Mourning the loss of Charles Hansen

Charles Hansen

MAY 23, 1926 – OCTOBER 14, 2018

Charles Hansen passed away peacefully October 14, 2018 at home in Clayton, Missouri.

He was born May 23, 1926 in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Charles and Katherine Hansen and was raised in Westfield, New Jersey where he graduated Westfield Senior High School when he just turned 16. He was Valedictorian and compiled an academic record unsurpassed for decades. He won the prestigious Westinghouse Prize, and was awarded scholarships to a number of universities. Because of the war, he enrolled instead in the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program for promising math and science students. The Navy sent him first to MIT, and then to the University of Michigan, from which he graduated with honors in 1946, at age 19. He then served on active duty as an Ensign (later Lieutenant, Junior Grade) with the Navy on board the cruiser USS Columbia. Following his honorable discharge, he worked as an Engineer for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, where he developed flow meters and was awarded a U.S. Patent for his invention. He continued his education, under the GI Bill, at his beloved University of Michigan, this time in the Law School. To help support his studies, he taught Engineering at Michigan to undergraduates, many of whom were veterans years older than him. Following his graduation from the Law School in 1950 (Law Review, Order of the Coif), he took up a position as an associate attorney at the Mudge, Stern, Williams, and Tucker firm in New York. After several years of private practice, he decided to enter the corporate world, first as labor counsel to Sylvania Electric Products. In that job he traveled the east coast, trying labor cases in front of arbitrators. He never lost a case. In 1961 he was recruited to the Trane Company in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as Assistant General Counsel. At Trane he rose to General Counsel and then to Executive Vice-President, International. As much as he loved the law, his passion was business, and he relished the challenge of turning around companies that were not achieving good results. He made Trane’s international business a great success, with profitable subsidiaries and joint ventures around the world. In 1972 he left Trane, and a year later took on another set of challenges at Cutler-Hammer, International, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Cutler-Hammer, like Trane, had an underperforming international business. Traveling the world tirelessly, building and motivating his team, he quickly turned the business around. In recognition of his achievements he was made one of three members of the Office of Chief Executive at Cutler-Hammer. In 1979 Cutler-Hammer was acquired by Eaton International, and he returned to the law as Vice-President and General Counsel of Emerson Electric Company, in St Louis, Missouri. He transformed Emerson’s Law Department, introduced dramatic changes to the way Emerson evaluated and litigated cases, and became active in bar activities in order to bring about significant changes in corporate law and governance. In this as in everything else he did, he was energetic, focused and highly successful. After retiring from Emerson in 1989, he joined the firm of Bryan, Cave, McPheeters and McRoberts, in St Louis, as a partner. He practiced with Bryan Cave for almost 30 years, representing clients around the country on corporate issues, and published (with his partner Don G. Lents) the leading treatise on Missouri Corporate law, which he faithfully improved and updated through 11 editions.

In 1953 he married Carolyn Patricia Smith, and they had more than 60 years of great happiness together, until her death in 2014. Their children Mark and Melissa were born in 1956 and 1959 respectively.

Charles Hansen was far more than the sum of his resume. His talents were remarkable and varied. From the German he spoke fluently and polished diligently, to the fine furniture he crafted from the cherry wood of his favorite place, Door County, Wisconsin; to the prodigious reading of books in all fields; to his avid golf and tennis, his sunfish sailing (singlehandedly launching and captaining the boat from the Lake Michigan shore well into his 70s); to his full throated singing at church; to his ability to solve almost any problem; he was a force of nature whose like will not be seen again soon.

Charles is survived by children Mark of Washington, D.C., and Melissa of Espanola, New Mexico, and grandchildren Elisabeth Hansen of San Francisco, California, Caroline Hansen of New York, New York, and Charles Hansen of Lewiston, Maine.

There will be a Memorial Service at The First Congregational Church of St. Louis, 6501 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105 on Saturday, November 24 at 1:00 pm; reception to follow at the church. The Memorial Service will be live streamed at: Anyone wishing to send gifts of remembrance should send them to Lydia’s House, P.O. Box 2722. Saint Louis, MO 63116.

Please leave a message of condolence or a favorite memory for the family to cherish at the “Share a Memory” link below.