Local business helps out mother and son who had vehicle stolen in Wichita
Hard at work at Parks of Augusta last week, salesman Josh Crider received a text message that led to selfless actions that made one family’s adversity a little more manageable.
The text from Jackie Crider, Josh’s wife, sharing the story of Layd’n and Kristy Hinderliter was not only shocking, upsetting and infuriating to the self-proclaimed strong Christian but prompted Josh to take action.
Kristy Hinderliter and 10-year old son Layd’n had their 2012 Chevrolet Traverse stolen from the Ronald McDonald House parking lot at 1110 N. Emporia Ave. in Wichita on March 19.
Layd’n suffers from stage 4 Neuroblostoma and was receiving radiation treatments while staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
After hearing of the crime, Crider approached Parks of Augusta Principal Dealer John Culver about the possibility of helping the Chase, Kansas family.
“I haven’t worked here for very long and this was the first time I had gone to him about something like this,” Crider said. “He jumped all over it. He just wanted to write the check.”
Culver responded with the donation of a 2018 Dodge Journey, which will give the Hinderliters pretty of room to fit the entire family on their regular trips from Chase to Wichita and Kansas City.
The manufacturer suggested retail price for a 2018 Dodge Journey is $22,495, according to dodge.com.
But Crider wasn’t satisfied with just giving the Hinderliters a vehicle. Money was also raised for Layd’n to go on a shopping spree at Toys R’ Us for his birthday.
In the stolen vehicle were personal items that were never recovered, including keepsakes of the Hinderliter’s 4-month old that had passed away in 2010.
“Who does something like that?” Crider asked.
No suspects have been arrested in case, according to Wichita Police Officer Paul Cruz. If anyone has any information about this crime call Crimestoppers at (316) 267-2111.