A Hastings family who fell victim to a random act of vandalism have received an anonymous cash donation from a stranger who read of their plight in Hawke's Bay Today.
Sickness beneficiary Anthony Manley woke to find white paint had been thrown at his car overnight on Saturday, as it sat on the lawn of his Brunswick St home. He first contacted the paper on Sunday, hoping someone might have information about what happened or who was involved.
Already struggling to support 10-month-old daughter Cassidee, 4-year-old son Jaedyn, and nursing student partner Natalie Coles, Mr Manley could not afford an insurance excess of $300 to get his vehicle fixed.
"We didn't come to the paper for this, we just wanted to create awareness, but we are just gobsmacked at the response," Mr Manley said. "It's a huge weight off our minds. We are just so grateful someone has done this, it's so selfless and generous."
The donation was dropped off at Hawke's Bay Today's Hastings office and handed on to the family yesterday. It was a gift they say will be repaid with kindness to others.
"We want to pay it forward, when we are in a position to help someone else that's what we will do," he said. "Whoever damaged our car didn't think of the repercussions. It was just five minutes of fun and a huge blow to us."
Mr Manley recently donated furniture and other household items to a Napier woman starting out with nothing, and called Classic Hits radio station to suggest they send fire trucks down to Irongate School in Flaxmere after their playground burnt down at the weekend.
"We always try to help others in need," he said. They wanted to send a huge thank you to their benefactor.