Everyday Heroes

Men Team Up to Help Woman Whose Car Was Stolen & Wrecked

It was the elderly woman's only transportation. These guys pledge to fix it for free


80-year old Ruth McAnespy probably thought her day couldn't get any worse when someone stole her purse while she was shopping at her neighborhood Walmart last month. But it did get worse nine hours later when the thief tracked down her car by going to the address listed on her driver's license -- stole her car, then wrecked it.

"I was devastated and I only had the one car and it was given to me by my daughter who passed away," Ruth told WDSU-TV in New Orleans. Her car had $7,000 in damage, and her insurance didn't cover it .

After the television station's story made the rounds on social media, two men stepped up to help. Clayton Curole, the owner of an auto repair shop, pledged to do the labor free of charge. "This car meant everything to her," Clayton told KOCO-TV . "Somebody needs to step up, and why not be the first one?"

"It feels great, just seeing her smile." Neil Dugas, Good Samaritan

Neil Dugas, a local firefighter and bar owner, is raising funds to buy the parts through his customers and a GoFundMe page ( click here). It has $2,615 toward the $7,500 goal when we checked.

(Image: GoFundMe page )

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