The Lake of the Ozarks Idiots Club is a 501(c)3 charity and is all volunteer! Founded by Denny and Danna Hiner, the Charity’s mission statement is: The Jesters of Goodwill dedicated to helping youth in-need in the Lake area. The primary goal is to improve the self-esteem of in-need children by providing basic needs and making it possible for them to participate in school or community activities.
Currently, 65% of children in the lake area live below the federal poverty line. The Idiots Club works through lake area school districts including Camdenton, Climax Springs, Eldon, Macks Creek and School of the Osage; as well as social agencies and civic groups who identify the needs of children living in poverty. The Idiots Club does not work directly with parents or children, to help maintain confidentiality. Requests are made by professionals in the field working directly with these children. The need is purchased or service arranged by the Charity and given to the referring person to deliver to the child. This charity is supported by 25 local retail businesses that provide discounts on goods and services purchased for kids in-need.
This charity was started June 2014 by two retired educators who saw firsthand the needs of many students they dealt with on a day-to-day basis. The needs are great and varied. The Idiots Club charity has supplied track and football shoes, art supplies, wood for shop projects, dental and eye care, over 380 pairs of shoes, fumigation for bed bugs, Buddy Pack food for kids, clothing(lots), sports participation fees, choir and band trip expenses, band instruments, car batteries and tires for working kids, hygiene products, Dual Credit Tuition Scholarships and the list goes on and on!
As of November 15, 2018, the Lake of the Ozarks Idiots Club has provided 13,916 child assists. A child assist is whenever the charity provides a good or service for a child. Some children receive assists on numerous occasions, such as Buddy Packs. The Idiots Club has spent a total of $257,984.24 helping children living in poverty! Our 25 retail business partners who provide discounts and/or donate goods and services has allowed the Idiots Club to provide items that have a retail value of $401,395.71!
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