An elderly couple who were $350 behind on payments for their 1998 Buick Century will be able to look out the window of their home and still see their car sitting in the driveway after a kind-hearted repo man decided to help them out.
Jim Ford, a co-owner of Illini Recovery Inc., a repo company in Southern Illinois received an order to pick up Pat, 70, and Stanford, 82, Kipping’s car, but instead paid off the vehicle for the couple and returned it to them.
After finding out the Kipping’s were in debt and on a fixed income, he tried working with the bank to help them out. Ford then set up an account on Gofundme, and raised more than $3,500 in one night, enough to pay off the car and give the Kipping’s $1000 extra in cash, BND reported.
Ford got the Kipping’s car an oil change, detailed, and maintenance done before returning it to them. He even brought the couple a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving.
“It was a miracle come true. We didn’t know what we were going to do,” said Patty Kipping.
“I got up this morning and I looked up at the sun and I said, ‘I hope we get our car back.’ It’s just unbelievable,” said Stanford Kipping.
The Gofundme account has since raised over $16,000 of its $20,000 goal.
“I just hope that someone goes out and does something nice for someone else,” Jim said. “That would be great. Just pay it forward. I’m getting so many calls from all over the country, and everyone’s so inspired by it. I’m like, oh yeah, there’s something I didn’t think I’d ever hear: Jim Ford, Mr. Inspirational.”
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