Two Bristol businessmen gift van to Virginia Highlands student, single mom


BRISTOL (WJHL) – A single mom of two children is the definition of perseverance.

After her fiance passed away, Jessica Akerbooth continued her dream of achieving a nursing degree, but it wasn’t always easy to get to class and work after car repair bills kept piling up.

On Thursday, all that changed.

Two Bristol businessmen — Bobby Griffin and Mitch Walters — surprised Akerbooth with a vehicle to get her and her children to school.

Hearing that Akerbooth’s previous car wasn’t reliable, the businessmen decided to pay it forward in a big way.

On Thursday at Friendship Ford’s office in Bristol, Akerbooth received the keys to a van. Another person also helped pitch in money to cover any other possible needs.

Akerbooth, a student a Virginia Highlands Community College, was stunned by their generosity.

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