Jesters of Goodwill donate car to high school student

Press Release
Denny Hiner, LOTO Idiots Club Co-Founder, pictured with the car.

On March 2, the Lake of the Ozarks Idiots Club received a request for help from a high school counselor. The counselor emailed, “I know asking for a car is a huge request. I believe this student truly fits your mission. Her mom died when she was 9, dad was addicted to drugs which eventually led to his death when she was 15, and she’s basically been passed around… (her present) home is starting to become a very uncomfortable environment and…she needs to get out… She’s a well-deserving, humble student… has a good heart and wants to help others.” After graduation next year, this girl plans to pursue a career in Health Care and join the National Guard to help pay for college.

Since then, the counselor and social worker have helped the student receive her Social Security and get an apartment. She works 30 hours a week and her apartment was not within walking distance for work or school. 

Lake of the Ozarks Idiots Club is a 501(c)3 charity. They are the Jesters of Goodwill helping youth in-need in the Lake area.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Danna and I stayed in Texas until mid-May and it has taken this long to fulfill this request. We found a 2000 Ford Taurus with 130,000 miles, very good shape for a 20 year-old car,” Denny Hiner, Co-Founder, said. 

Denny met the young lady at the License Office. She told him of her plans and was so thankful. She told him “Thank You” at least three times. He heard her say to her counselor, questioningly, “This is really going to happen?” Her counselor then told Denny, “It’s hard for her to believe someone cares enough about her to give her a car!” Idiot’s Club members care. The counselor emailed this week, “I checked on her the other day and she said it’s been so nice not having to ask for rides.”

The Albers/Kuhn Family Foundation funded the purchase of the car. Mark Lukefahr, Community Wholesale Tire Distributers in St. Louis provided two new tires and Mike Smith with Precision Automotive & Tire in Osage Beach provided mounting and balancing for free. 

Due to Covid-19, the Idiot’s Club had to cancel all live fundraising that was supposed to happen during the spring and summer. If you would like to help out, go to www.LakeoftheOzarksIdiotsClub.org and click on Merchandise to make a donation, purchase a Membership Package and other Idiots Club items. Or donations can be mailed to: LOTO Idiots Club, 99 Arthur Drive, Camdenton MO 65020.