Community Pitches in over $10,000 to Help Bullied Gay Student
Jordan Addison, a gay student from Radford, Virginia who has been a victim of cruel bullying just got a helping hand from local businesses who pitched in over $10,000.
Over the past three months, Jordan’s Volkswagen car has been vandalized four times while on the Radford University campus. Painted with homophobic hate speech, some of it irremovable, Addison needed about $2,500 to get his car fixed. Unfortunately, he did not have the money for the repairs.
Luckily, a group of local business owners saw the hateful speech and decided to help the student out.
“Once I saw the vandalism that was done to it, I said, that’s uncalled for. We’re gonna fix your car.” Richard Henegar Jr. at Quality Auto Paint & Body explained to WTVR. “That’s the least we can do.”
And so a group of 11 local businesses, led by Henegar donated over 100 hours worth of work, along with car parts and upgrades, totaling to over $10,000.
According to news sources, the businesses who contributed to the effort (and you should support) were: Quality Auto Paint & Body, Parts Unlimited, Advance Auto Parts, Moon’s Auto Body, Rice Toyota, Val’s Automotive, The Rod Shop, B&C Exterminating, Twists & Turns, AJ’s Landscaping, and Sunnybrook Auto Spa.
Recently, community members and peers have quickly risen behind victims of bullying, from the high school football star who created a movement against cyberbullying to the online community who stood up for the bullied bus monitor. Publicized news of these efforts have spurred a huge public awareness against bullies.
Watch Addison’s reaction to his newly restored car below!