In the spirit of the new year, today I’ll tell you a story of sadness, desperation, and kindness, but still with a happy ending. This is the story of how a single mom got help from a stranger with her car bill.
- The single mother’s Saab vehicle had troubles with its transfer case
- The bill amounted to over 800 dollars
- There is a drive of about 1 hour and 15 minutes from where the woman lived to the Saab dealership
- The good Samaritan was in the store to fix her son’s headlight
The story begins with Centhia Fleming, a single mother of two, who found herself in quite a predicament during the last day of 2015.
After a huge chunk of hours had been cut from her work as a visiting social worker, the woman found herself spending most of her remaining money on giving her children a decent Christmas.
More troubles would still follow, however, as she found her 2009 Saab experiencing more and more issues with its steering.
The car, with 109,000 miles on board, was taken to an array of mechanics around Centhia’s town of Battle Creek, but they were unable to come up with anything other than it being a “steering issue”.
Despite warnings that it was dangerous, the woman needed her car for her job, so she drove the 1 hour and 15 minutes to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to the nearest Saab dealership.
But her plights wouldn’t stop there, as she was informed that her car has something wrong with its transfer case, and that is she wanted it fixed, she would have to come up with around $900.
The single mom had no way of producing the money, so in a moment of desperation, she started praying. After that, she started making phone calls, asking relatives, friends, acquaintances for help with her predicament.
This is where Amy Kornoelje comes in.
The woman was sitting nearby, reading a book. She was in the shop because her son had a busted headlight, so she had to wait for the job to be finished.
Hearing the single mother’s plight, the woman couldn’t stand indifferent. She went to a shop representative, and after a touching speech about togetherness, she offered to help Centhia Fleming with her over $800 bill.
Touched by the stranger’s gesture, and also probably to get some publicity, the company offered to do some of the work for free, and Amy Kornoelje ended up paying about half the initial bill, $430.
Crying with happiness, the single mother of two thanked her good Samaritan, and the story ends with both of them talking to the press about the kindness of strangers and how helping others is always the right thing.
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