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Townsend receives generous assistance following Rapidian article

A follow up with John Townsend reveals that he received some generous donations and discounted price on vehicle maintenance.
John Townsend (center) with some of his "clients"

John Townsend (center) with some of his "clients" /Eric Tank

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Due to the generosity of two annonymous individuals and Courtesy Chrysler Jeep Dodge after an article about his work with Ransom Towers residents was published on The Rapidian, Johnny Townsend's operation is up and running again. And that, for plenty of residents of Ransom Towers, is a huge relief. 

We first published the story of John Townsend on April 8. Two days later an anonymous donor sent Townsend $215. The same day another unnamed donor stopped by in person to drop off $150. 

Townsend then spoke with Ed Buck, Manager at Courtesy Chrysler Jeep Dodge on 28th Street. Buck offered Townsend a discount on needed repairs. The inspection however, revealed many more problems than the initial assessment. According to an invoice, it estimated the cost of repairs to be at $2069.95. Townsend expressed his confusion and frustration. He explained that his only priority was to get his van fixed so he could "get these old ladies to their appointments."

We called Ed Buck and asked what type of discount he was willing to offer Townsend. Buck will be covering all the major problems. Anything that could be a safety hazard would be fixed, replaced with factory parts, at no cost to Townsend. This includes break work estimated at $824 and an intake leak estimated at $290. Buck will then work with Townsend to have the rest of the minor problems fixed according to Townsend's budget.

Townsend is grateful for the generosity of those who donated their money, time and services. He can now continue to provide a much needed service to those at Ransom Tower. Thanks to the concerned and invested citizens of Grand Rapids, Johnny Townsend's story is a success. 

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