On Saturday night, the Michigan State Spartans beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game to earn a trip to the Rose Bowl. And even though the game was played in Indianapolis, the big win ignited a huge celebration back in East Lansing, Mich. with MSU fans partying hard to celebrate their team's W. But in at least one area of town, the celebration got out of hand.
At about 3 a.m. on Sunday, eight men crowded around a red 1995 Honda in the parking lot of an apartment complex and flipped the car over. It's unclear why they chose the Honda to flip—we're guessing it's because the car's color closely resembles the color that Ohio State uses on their uniforms—but, at any rate, the car's owner Steven Ripley was obviously devastated to see his car flipped. Because the car is so old and not worth a whole lot, he thought that he was pretty much SOL and was going to have to come up with the money to buy a new car. That is, until a fellow student sprung into action.
MSU senior Karen Wood, who has never actually met Ripley, set up a GoFundMe page for him shortly after hearing about what had happened to his car. She urged MSU students to donate money to Ripley to help him buy a new car and, believe it or not, a lot of them responded. Her original goal was $3000, but at the moment, she has raised more than $5300 and plans on giving Ripley the money to help him buy a new ride. And Ripley still can't believe how generous everyone is being with regards to his car.
"I couldn't describe it," he said recently when he was asked about the GoFundMe fundraiser, "I was at a loss for words that people would support me like that. I basically experienced every spectrum of love and hate of humanity on that day."
Kudos to Wood for coming up with the idea to raise money for Ripley in the first place. She took what could have been a very negative situation and turned it into a positive. It's nice to know that there are people like her out there in the world.
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[via USA Today]