Internet makes jokes about woman’s door-less van, stranger fixes door for free

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MUSKEGON, Mich. -- A Michigan woman has received help from a stranger after being the object of numerous internet jokes when a picture of her doorless van surfaced on the Facebook.

The van was missing its entire driver's side door, but the owner of the vehicle told WXMI she had no choice but to drive it. The van had been damaged for a year, but the family couldn't afford to fix it.

Amanda Maxfield, the owner of the van, is a mother of five.

"He (Maxfield’s fiance) tried everything with a door and we just couldn’t get it. So, we just had to drive without the door," Maxfield said.

Pictures of the van were posted on Facebook and commenters made jokes and created memes about it.

But one man saw the mean comments and decided to step up and help out. James Barber posted on Facebook offering to help.

"You don’t beat somebody when they are down on the ground like that. Instead when someone is down like that, instead of looking down on them, you know try to help them out," said Barber to WXMI.

After his mother passed away last month, Barber has been inspired to help others in her honor.

Maxfield and Barber met up last week, and the door was replaced.

"She is now riding around with a door on her vehicle and no more public humiliation," Barber said.

With her door now replaced, Maxfield is looking to help others the way Barber helped her.

“I actually can’t wait to pay it forward. I can’t wait to help somebody like he has helped,” Maxfield said.

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