Everyday Heroes

Woman Given New Car After Hers Was Stolen

Thanks to the kindness of a complete stranger, she's back on the road.

Barbara Brown hasn't been having the best luck. Her car was stolen from a gas station last week in Grand Rapids, MI. Shortly after, it was found crashed in Wyoming. Unfortunately, Brown only had property damage insurance on the vehicle, so she wasn't going to be reimbursed.

A thief stole and wrecked Barbara's car.WOOD8-TV

While Brown admits she made a mistake in leaving the car running at the gas station while she ran into the store, she didn't think it would be taken so quickly.

"I wasn't in there more than three minutes, I swear, and my car was gone," she told WOOD8-TV.

The situation was especially upsetting for Brown who is disabled and relies on her car to get to and from doctor's appointments. Her daughter set up a GoFundMe page to help get her mother a new car, but they knew it could be some time before they raised money to make it happen.

"I cried for two days," an emotional Brown relayed to reporters. "Like I said, that was my transportation to and from my doctor's, and just to go to the store."


After News 8 aired her story on Tuesday, Brown's luck began to change.

When Andrew Heykoop, the owner of Eagle Towing in Muskegon County, heard what happened, he was inspired to help. Heykoop owns a used car dealership, so he decided to give her one of the cars from his lot. He says he was moved to donate the car after he heard Brown's concerns about not having a car to take care of her health.

"I hope this changes her life where she can get back and forth from the doctor's appointments that she needs to get to," Heykoop said. "That she can continue her life without being disrupted from the unfortunate events that happened of her car being stolen."

When Heykoop delivered the car to Brown's home on Wednesday, she was overcome with emotion. She hugged him and thanked him for his generous gift.


"Saw the bad side and now here's part of the good side that people do feel compassion," Brown said.

"There's a lot of good people that do look and see the needs of others." - Barbara Brown

The moment brought tears to Brown's eyes, but this time it was for a much different reason.

"Now I'm crying with happiness," Brown said. "This is different crying."

Thanks to Mr. Heykoop, Brown is back on the road and able to do what she needs to do to take care of herself.

"It feels good," Heykoop said. "It just felt real good to do something positive."

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Barbara's "new" car.WOOD8-TV

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