Niyaz Pirani writes in The Orange County Register about a big-hearted guy, Mike Foster of Corona, Calif., who founded the Junky Car Club.
(“The Junky Car Club was established in the spring of 2006 when Mike Foster decided to sell his fully loaded Infiniti G35 sports car to drive a junky 1993 Toyota Camry. As an act of rebellion against consumerism and with the desire to give more to worthy causes, Mike began to enlist his friends and associates to join him in this experiment of driving with less and giving more”–Junky Car Club Website.”)
The Junky Car Club efforts have resulted in “tens of thousands of dollars (being) donated to Compassion International, a Christian nonprofit that works to improve the lives of impoverished children throughout the world,” writes Pirani.
The article went on to say: “In 2009, the Junky Car Club plans to focus on mobile homelessness and support people who live in their cars. Foster said that because it is illegal to live in a car, there are no solid statistics, but he believes that, based on research, approximately 5,000 people live in cars in Southern California.”
“One of those people is Kathleen McWilliams of Harbor City, who … has lived in a 1982 Dodge Ram Custom with her eight-month-old son Ezekiel and her dog Zodi since February.”
“McWilliams works part time at her church’s bookstore and does charity work when she can and said that living in the van has taken its toll.”
Read the complete story in: “Cruising in clunkers for a cause.“
Contact Foster at [email protected]
or call: 949.419.6026
or write to:
Junky Car Club
PO Box 77862
Corona, CA 92877-0128
Photo: Kathleen McWilliams and her son Ezekiel, both of Harbor City, pose in front of the 1982 Dodge Ram Custom that they live in. Photo by Niyaz Pirani, The Orange County Register