A Bullied Student Finds an Inspiring Hero with Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Degeneres hosted a show about a bullied gay teenager whose car was vandalized and the auto body shop owner who repaired the young man’s car for free.  Then she awarded each one a $25,000 check from Cover Girl.

Last March, Jordan Addison, a broke college student who happened to be gay had his car vandalized with homophobic slurs and the words “die” and “fag” keyed into the sides of his car door.  Someone also shattered his front windshield and slashed his tires.

The Roanoke, Virginia teenager drove with the hate-speech scrawled on his car for nearly six months, until the owner of a local auto body shop stepped in and after hearing about it through the town.

Richard Henegar Jr., an angel who owns Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke, completely repainted Addison’s car, updated the interior and installed a new stereo — all at no cost to the student.  

Henegar estimated the repairs would have cost around $10,000, but said he believed helping Addison was the right thing to do.  “I just felt compelled to help this young man,” Henegar told Ellen. “He did not deserve to be the victim of such a violent hate crime and discrimination of no sort — I don’t take kindly to it. It’s not nice.”

Both men appeared shocked when DeGeneres handed them the over-sized checks, which Addison said will go towards paying down his student loans. Henegar said the money will help support Quality Auto Paint and Body, a company his father founded and invested his life into.  Watch the moving video of the show knowing that there are actually good people out there.

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