Auto shop helps fix gay kid’s car after bullies deface it

Jordan Addison was used to his car being defaced with gay slurs — it happened four times in 3 months. The bullied college student in Roanoke, Va., would try to get rid of them to no avail. At one point, someone (probably not a strong speller) keyed the word “dye” into the side. Addison couldn’t afford the $2,500 bill and had basically resigned himself to driving the damaged vehicle when a local body shop stepped in. Quality Auto Paint and Body rallied 10 local businesses and, along with their own donation, was able to fix the car and add $10,000 in extra features. Who’s laughing now?

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Elizabeth Harrington

A college student has a “new” car. It’s all thanks to a Roanoke auto shop.

Jordan Addison is a student at Radford University. Between March and May of this year his car was vandalized four times.  Once at his home and three times on-campus.

“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 he’s gay.  The homophobic slur was written across one side of this car and he tried to everything to cover it but nothing worked.

“The lowest estimate I got just to fix the damage to the doors was like $2,500 and for a college student that’s a lot of money,” says Addison.

Richard Henegar, Jr. heard what happened to Addison.

“Once I saw the vandalism that was done to it I said that’s uncalled for we’re gonna fix your car that’s the least we can do,” says Henegar.

He’s the manager at Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke and the shop decided to help Addison out for free.

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 hasn’t looked that great the entire time I’ve had it.”

“We were glad to see he was pleased with it,” says Henegar.

Henegar says 10 other businesses helped out.

“We can’t afford to do this ourselves,” says Henegar, “We might have all the good intentions in the world but I can’t finance something like this ourselves.”

Those businesses include Parts Unlimited in Vinton, 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.


Don’t know if someone shown this but the owner posted the names of other places in another blog, I think they should be mentioned too:

“Thanks again to everybody for their support! But again, this would not have been possible w/out the support of our vendors. Below is a list of the vendors and how they contributed.

-Advance Auto Parts – $250 Donation
-Aj’s Landscaping – Body work
-Moon’s Auto Body – Paint
-James T. Davis – Supplied the paint
-Press Press Merch – Donated/printed our Bully Project T-Shirts!
-Rice Toyota – $200 Donation
-The Rod Shop – Window Tint, Alarm and Stereo system instal
-Anchor Sales – Vent Visors
-Sun Solutions – All “Quality” related decals/stickers
-B&C Exterminating – $220 Donation
-Twists & Turns – Powder Coated the wheels
-Sunnybrook Auto Spa – Full detail
-Twisted Image Pin-striping – Hand Painted the human rights campaign symbol.
-Parts Unlimited – CD Player
-White Tire/GCR – Tire/mount Balance & Alighment
-Mike Newcomb – Suspension Install
-Chad Thomas – Reassembly
-Adom Lyon – Reassembly and comedic relief
-Jamie Horst – Reassembly & Electrical
-Gavin Macbrien – Interior
-Valley Automotive Excellence – Reassembly
-Val’s Automotive – Offered to do all mechanical work and give it a tune up but we never had time to get it to her 😦
-East Coast Auto Salvage – Donated a master window switch
-John Cassady – My right hand man in all my mischievous endeavors 😉
-Richard Henegar SR – Helped with the finishing touches and allowed me to take on this project in HIS shop.

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