Lux­ury white BMW gifted to Lodi House

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Wes Bowers NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

Last week, a lo­cal non­profit serv­ing women and chil­dren in the com­mu­nity re­ceived the sur­prise of a life­time when a res­i­dent gifted the or­ga­ni­za­tion a lux­ury au­to­mo­bile it could sell as part of a fundraiser.

“My first re­ac­tion was that it was just amaz­ing to re­ceive such a gen­er­ous gift,” Lodi House ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Shelby Young said Mon­day. “This is a beau­ti­ful do­na­tion that will go straight to help­ing Lodi House.”

The car — a white 2011 BMW 328i — was do­nated to the non­profit by Stockton Real­tor Randy Thomas, Young said.

Thomas, a Real­tor with Cor­ner­stone Real Es­tate Group in Lin­coln Cen­ter, was unavail­able for com­ment Mon­day.

A vol­un­teer with Lodi House was fa­mil­iar with the value of au­to­mo­biles and how to sell them for their proper value, Young said, and they placed an ad on Craigslist.

Ac­cord­ing to the ad, the car is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and comes equipped with a nav­i­ga­tion and phone sys­tem.

The BMW has only been driven 89,000 miles, and Car-Fax val­ued the ve­hi­cle at more than $12,000, the ad states.

Young said Lodi House is ask­ing for $10,250, and 100 per­cent of the pro­ceeds will be used specif­i­cally to ex­pand the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pro­gram ben­e­fit­ting home­less women and chil­dren.

Pro­gram ex­pan­sion in­cludes pro­vid­ing women more ca­reer train­ing, and chil­dren more home­work help, to bet­ter pre­pare them for new lives as they adapt back into the com­mu­nity, Young said.

To pro­vide more ser­vice to clients, Young said pro­ceeds from the ve­hi­cle sale will also be used to pro­vide her staff with ad­di­tional train­ing to help clients move on.

“Clients some­times stay with us for an av­er­age of four months,” she said. “We want to make sure we’re spend­ing ev­ery pos­si­ble minute with them, to help them pre­pare for their new lives. This will help our clients be­come stronger and more in­de­pen­dent.”

The ad for the ve­hi­cle was placed on June 19, and Young said she re­ceived in­ter­est from sev­eral in­ter­ested par­ties within days.

She said she hopes to have the car sold by Fri­day.

While most do­na­tions come in the form of checks or cash, Young said some lo­cal restau­rants and winer­ies have gifted coupons and dis­counts for auc­tions.

In 2017, All-Air re­placed the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s air conditioni­ng unit at no cost, Young said.

How­ever, she said the non-profit has never re­ceived a gift as valu­able as a lux­ury au­to­mo­bile.

“We’re just thank­ful mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have stepped for­ward like this,” she said. “We’re grate­ful for the out-of-the-box ways com­mu­nity mem­bers want to do­nate. I hope oth­ers see this and think of sim­i­lar ideas to help.”

Es­tab­lished in 1999, Lodi House pro­vides sta­bil­ity, train­ing, ac­count­abil­ity and re­newal for the home­less women and chil­dren it serves, as well as de­vel­ops healthy life­styles for its clients that will lead to em­ploy­ment and in­de­pen­dence.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Lodi House, call 209-334-6346 or visit

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