Roanoke auto shops restore gay students car after it was vandalized with homophobic slurs…Awesome!
Gay college student Jordan Addison, who has been the victim of 4 homophobic vandalism incidents received an incredible gift from a local auto repair shop. Richard Henegar, Jr the manager of Quality Auto Paint and Body, heard Addison’s story and decided to do something about it and opened his heart.
Addison’s car was was vandalized once at his home and then 3 times on the campus of his college, Radford University.
“The first time there were some homophobic slurs keyed into the side of it,” says Addison, “Then the second time I had dye keyed into it.”Addison believes he was targeted because hes gay.
After trying, he could not cover up the homophobic slur and the estimates were in the thousands and like many college students, he could not afford to have it fixed. “The lowest estimate I got just to fix the damage to the doors was like $2,500 and for a college student thats a lot of money,” says Addison.
Richard Henegar, Jr. said:
“Once I saw the vandalism that was done to it I said thats uncalled for were gonna fix your car thats the least we can do,” says Henegar.
Henegar estimates they spent 100 hours in the last two weeks working on the car. There are new tires, a new paint job, tinted windows, new security system, and new stereo. The total cost was well over $10,000.The new and improved car was unveiled to Addison on Monday.
He was speechless.”It looks great,” says Addison, “It hasnt looked that great the entire time Ive had it.”"We were glad to see he was pleased with it,” says Henegar.Henegar says 10 other businesses helped out.”We cant afford to do this ourselves,” says Henegar, “We might have all the good intentions in the world but I cant finance something like this ourselves.”Those businesses include Parts Unlimited in Vinton, Advance Auto Parts, Moons Auto Body, Rice Toyota, Vals Automotive, The Rod Shop, B&C Exterminating, Twists & Turns, AJs Landscaping, and Sunnybrook Auto Spa.
For you locals, please support the above businesses for the kindness, generosity and anti-homophobia they showed in their awesome gesture…
Gay it forward!
via Roanoke auto shop restores bullied students car – wdbj7.com.