OffLeaseOnly Car Donation Huge Success with Best Foot Forward!
Yesterday was an incredible heart felt day with an OffLeaseOnly car donation that was a major success!
OffLeaseOnly is very passionate about giving back to the community, especially when able to help those in need of transportation get to and from work & school.
The Best Foot Forward Foundation is an incredible partner when it comes to recommending deserving candidates that are in dire need of a vehicle. This marks Off Lease Only & Best Foot Forward’s 7th Strive to Drive Challenge since 2011.
When Best Foot Forward co-founders Debbie Ellman and Donna Biase brought the story of Jeff Jean Charles to OffLeaseOnly’s attention, there was no question that the mega used car dealership was going to help this young man.
Jeff Jean Charles is originally from Haiti and moved to the states at the young age of 8 years old. At that time he decided he would put all of his efforts into his education.
Starting school in fourth grade was certainly a challenge, especially considering English was his second language after Creole. But that didn’t matter to this young determined youth. He pressed on when most would give up.
Jeff involved himself in sports like football, track and soccer throughout high school and excelled in all of them. He loves sports and keeping a healthy mind. Now he loves working out and playing sports with friends when he is not going to school or work.
Although high school was a major challenge, Jeff’s hard work paid off when he proudly graduated last May!
Now he is enrolled in the Automotive Program at Palm Beach State College and is determined to succeed with a future career in the auto industry.
Off Lease Only is hoping to hire him one day when he finishes school.
Off Lease Only CPO Brian Kushner “interviewed” Jeff prior to the actual giveaway.
He shared stories of his trials and tribulations throughout his life, but never with pity for himself. Instead with extreme perseverance, determination and stamina that anyone would admire. Not to mention a genuine smile that shines so bright it fills everyones heart that he meets.
Jeff was told that there were several candidates interviewing that day in hopes of receiving the generous OffLeaseOnly car donation. Although there were not.
He was the chosen one, and the team at Off Lease Only and Best Foot Forward were scurrying outside to make sure that the balloons were tied tight on this young mans new ride!
With a handshake, Jeff was told “good luck” and that he would be contacted if he was the chosen candidate to receive the OffLeaseOnly car donation.
Brian offered to walk him outside, and wished him a wonderful day.
Then the surprise came.
“You just got PUNKED!” exclaimed Brian Kushner!
Jeff’s face was absolutely the BEST!
He was so overwhelmed with joy as he stepped out the front door and saw his new car decked out with balloons!
This OffLeaseOnly car donation was definitely one of the best!
Having a reliable car to help him get to and from school will be a game changer for this incredible young man who actually would pay for an Uber ride to get to & from work in South Palm Beach.
Jeff has been in the Best Foot forward program for several years and is a mentor to many. His dedication to succeed is second to none, and he proudly helps youth that have had similar struggles in life.
“Jeff is such a Wonderful and Super Sweet Guy who has had an extremely hard life,” explained Debbie Ellman who couldn’t have been more thrilled to nominate him for this Strive to Drive Challenge.
Jeff’s future goals include completing the Automotive Program at PBSC and obtaining a job that he can find long term financial stability with.
The team at Off Lease Only will look forward to the day he comes in for an interview.
Jeff’s can-do positive attitude and genuine smile is something any company would be very grateful to have in their organization.
Want to learn more about how you can get involved with Best Foot Forward? CLICK HERE!
Off Lease Only and Best Foot Forward also wanted to thank WPEC Channel 12 & Frank Porter for supporting the event with news coverage.
“The more people that become aware of what Best Foot Forward does for foster youth from Kindergarten through young adulthood, the more help they will receive,” said owner Mark Fischer.
Off Lease Only owners Mark & Eileen Fischer are very involved with charities of all kinds. The Strive to Drive Challenge has been a charity donation event very near and dear to their hearts for the last 6 years.
“Make sure to stay tuned for the next one! We love giving back to support our youth,” said Fischer passionately.
Best Foot Forward is 100% dedicated to the academic success for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and are living in foster care in Palm Beach County.
The agency provides innovative programs and one-on-one support to children from kindergarten through college.
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