Story Slug: Season of Giving
Budget item: A Clark College student won the Mega Millions (cq) lottery last week and promptly donated all but $1 million (cq) of the prize to the Youth Center of Southwest Washington. (cq) Professors and classmates say they aren’t surprised that 20-year-old (cq) Adam Kindman (cq) wrote a check for $24 million (cq) to the non-profit organization. Kindman told them the club helped him turn his life around after he was caught shoplifting when he was 15. (cq)
Vancouver, WA– A Clark College student donated $24 million in lottery winnings last week to the Youth Center of Southwest Washington. (cq)
Adam Kindman, 20, (cq) won $25 million (cq) from the Mega Millions (cq) lottery ticket that he purchased from Smiley’s Chevron gas station (cq) located at 1234 W. First St. Vancouver, WA. (cq)
The director of the Youth Center of Southwest Washington, Carol Comstock, (cq) said the money will be invested in programs to help young people at risk of falling into criminal activity. (cq)
On Halloween in 2008, (cq) Kindman was arrested for shoplifting at the age of 15. (cq) “He was a really good boy, but I think he really missed not having a father figure. It was just the two of us,” Kindman’s mother, Ida Davenport, (cq) told reporters. (cq)
“Money’s always been tight for us,” (cq) she added. Davenport worked two jobs while Kindman was young. (cq)
Judge Fred Friendly, (cq) of the Juvenile Courts, (cq) ordered Kindman to 200 hours (cq) of volunteer work at the Youth Center of Southwest Washington.
Clark County Courthouse records show that Kindman was sentenced on December 23rd, 2008. (cq) Friendly explained that the holidays and season of giving were associated with his ruling of community service as opposed to a jail sentence for Kindman.
“I’m happy that Adam chose to be so generous with his winnings. I’d like to think that I had something to do with influencing his decision,” Friendly told reporters. (cq)
According to the judge, Clark County Juvenile Services handle about 150 teen (cq) shoplifting cases every year.
Comstock later wrote, “Mr. Kindman’s gift will make a world of difference to thousands of young people in this community,” (cq) in a press release regarding the donation.
The Youth Center of Southwest Washington serves more than 10,000 youth (cq) by providing positive and character- building programs.
She remembered Kindman as volunteering three afternoons a week for two years. (cq)
According to Kindman’s professor at Clark College, Joe Goodguy, (cq) “Adam has learned a great deal about himself and other people from his studies but also from his own personal experiences.” (cq) Goodguy added that Kindman told him he learned a lesson when the judge sentenced him after the shoplifting incident.
Kindman was unavailable to comment; however, he Tweeted, “Of course, $1 million is plenty for Mom and me. Other kids need the rest. The Youth Center of Southwest Washington turned around my life.” (cq)
“I think Adam figured he could finally repay the favor that he felt the judge had paid him by sentencing him to community service,” Goodguy told reporters. (cq)
Kindman’s act of giving back to the community has helped thousands of people during this season of giving.