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A random act of kindness: Grand Junction Lions give veteran a car

Sharon Sullivan
Foreign Aid owner Steve Stewart stands next to Rickey Clark and his newly refurbished car courtesy of the Grand Junction Lions Club and Foreign Aid.
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When Rickey Clark’s boss at the Larchwood Inn asked him to help her with a furniture pick-up, it was all a ruse.

They pulled into The Foreign Aid, 574 25 Road, and owner Steve Stewart met them holding a pair of keys in his hand.

“He asked me if I wanted the keys to my new car,” Clark said. “It shocked me; it amazed me; it makes me awful thankful.”

Clark, 55, has been without a car of his own since selling a truck a couple of years ago to pay bills. He’s bicycled to work and borrowed his brother’s car to get around ever since.

Stewart is a member of the Grand Junction Lions Club, whose members annually receive $100 each to disperse in “random acts of kindness.”

Stewart leveraged his $100 with several other members to buy a used blue 1989 Cadillac Sedan Deville at an estate auction with the intention of fixing it up and giving it to someone who could use it.

To find his beneficiary, Stewart went to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1247 hall. There, he talked to the commanding officer who recommended Clark, a U.S. Navy veteran.

Several other community members also pitched in to spruce up the car.

Shriners Car Wash detailed and cleaned the vehicle. NAPA Auto Parts donated parts, and Batteries Plus donated a car battery.

Dan Greer Insurance Company is providing six months of free car insurance. Other Lions Club members paid for the license plates and a full tank of gas.

Stewart spent two full days working on mechanics “to make sure it was road worthy,” he said.

Clark was reluctant to spend too much time on the phone while at work — he doesn’t own a phone. He takes his maintenance job seriously at Larchwood where he appreciates the residents.

“Where I work, they teach you respect — the elders at Larchwood,” Clark said. “You spend a little time with these folks and you learn so much.”

Now getting to work will be much easier.

“I will definitely be paying this forward,” Clark said. “No doubt.”

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