Public can donate to help replace Jack's Ride

A family member test drives Jack's golf cart shortly after he got it for Christmas 2007.

Fundraising efforts have begun to replace a golf cart that was stolen from a Berkeley County family June 29.

When a story about the theft of Jack O'Neill's gas-powered 1995 Club Car, dubbed "Jack's Ride," was published in The Post and Courier last week, people from across the state offered to help replace the cart.

Jack, 28, who has special needs and health issues, used the cart to get around his family's 7-acre property in rural Berkeley County.

"He can't drive a car, so we got him the next best thing," said his mother, Laurie O'Neill.

O'Neill said she and her husband, Gary, could not afford to replace the cart, which they bought for $2,000 seven years ago.

Overwhelmed by the public's response, O'Neill opened an account called "Jack's Ride Fund" at First Federal. Donations can be made at or mailed to any First Federal or South State bank branch, bank officials said.

In addition, John Osborne, founder of a local crowdfunding website, has set up a campaign at

"We have had so many people wanting to help Jack that we have decided that we don't want to offend anyone by picking one person," said O'Neill. "This way, all the people that want to help can."

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