RIPTA teams up with nonprofit on specialty license plates

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island’s fascination with specialty license plates will be on full display for the next several months, as a local nonprofit’s latest campaign will be emblazoned on the sides of moving billboards.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) recently teamed up with Providence-based nonprofit Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island (HHCRI) to promote the organization’s specialty license plates, according to a release from HHCRI.

The plates, which cost $41.50, feature Rhode Island’s iconic “anchor of hope” and an ocean backdrop. Twenty dollars of each license plate sold will support HHCRI’s mission, which is listed as “helping people live out the remaining time of their lives with as much comfort and dignity as possible.”

A spokesman for HHCRI said the organization has sold nearly 100 plates so far, and he said they will be seen on RITPA buses until November.

The HHCRI charity plate was approved by the state’s General Assembly last year and joined the ranks of several other organizations that offer special license plates to raise awareness and funds for their respective causes.

Others listed on the R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles website include: The Bristol Fourth of July plate, which raises funds to support the town’s iconic parade; the Conservation Through Education plate, which supports Save the Bay; the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation plate; the New England Patriots plate; the Plum Beach Lighthouse, which supports the effort to repaint the plate’s namesake; and Rhode Island Community Food Bank plate, which features the Hasbro toy Mr. Potato Head and supports the local food bank; and the Boston Red Sox plate.

The General Assembly recently approved a Boston Bruins license plate, which will be added soon.


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