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'We Can Make A Difference': Stranger Pays Single Mom's $430 Car Repair Bill

| by Jonathan Constante
Amy KornoeljeAmy Kornoelje

A Michigan woman said she cried “tears of joy” after a complete stranger helped her pay to fix her car.

When Centhia Fleming took her 2009 Saab to the dealership for repairs, she was told her bill was $800, WPVI reported.

Fleming had just lost her job and used whatever money she had left to buy Christmas presents for her two children. She started calling family and friends to ask for help with the bill.

“I just started praying,” Fleming told WJRT. “I said Lord I really don't have the money for this. I don't know where it's going to come from. But I know you'll make a way, you'll take care of it, no matter what it is.”

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Amy Kornoelje was at the dealership at the time getting her headlight fixed. She overheard Fleming on the phone and decided she needed to do something.

“I was reading a book at the time and I felt like, something saying, you need to help this person,” Kornoelje explained. “You need to help this person. You've been here before.”

The dealership cut Fleming's bill nearly in half, and Kornoelje paid the $430 balance.

“I cried, it was tears of joy of course, but I cried like a little baby,” Fleming said.

“I feel like if we all did that a little bit, just really pay attention to what's going on around us, then this place would be a whole lot better and we can make a difference,” Kornoelje added.

Sources: WPVI, WJRT / Photo Credit: WJRT