Amanda Maxfield, a mother of five in Muskegon, Michigan, was teased online after someone took a photo of her van, which was missing the driver’s side door.
People cracked jokes about Maxfield’s car and made memes using the photo, but James Barber decided to do something different.
“You don’t beat somebody when they are down on the ground like that, ” Barber said. “Instead, when someone is down like that, instead of looking down on them, you know, try to help them out.”
Barber offered to help Maxfield fix her car. “She is now riding around with a door on her vehicle and no more public humiliation,” he told Fox 17.
Maxfield has been driving around without a car door for more than a year, but she couldn’t afford to fix it and had no choice but to keep driving the car. Her fiance “tried everything with a door, and we just couldn’t get it," Maxfield said. "So, we just had to drive without the door.”
Maxfield was stunned by Barber’s actions. “I could not believe that somebody out of the kindness of their heart would help someone like that they don’t even know,” she said. “I actually can’t wait to pay it forward. I can’t wait to help somebody like he has helped.”
Barber was modest about helping Maxfield. “There [are] people out there that are doing good deeds,” he said. “Not just me, but other people, and hopefully this influences somebody out there to do the same.”