Garnetta Cromwell

Garnetta Cromwell said she drove her daughter to school and went for a coffee before she realized the racial epithet was there. (Jack Julian/CBC)

A Halifax woman is fundraising to cover the cost of cleaning racist graffiti off a stranger's car.

Last week someone spray-painted Garnetta Cromwell’s vehicle with the N-word while it was parked outside her apartment in Dartmouth.

"I got out of the car and I just lost it. And then I had to drive my car back home, put it back in the spot, knowing that I had the word n--ger spray-painted on the side of my car. I can’t believe this. This is crazy," she said at the time.

The paint has since been removed.

Carol Millett said she felt angry when heard the story on CBC and decided that she wanted to help. So she called Cromwell.

"I felt a pain," said Millett.

Cromwell was surprised.

"I think tears came to my eyes. It made me feel real good just to know that all those caring people that are out there that are fighting against racism too," she said Tuesday.

"It's no joke. It's like she said, if it's an indignity to one, then it's definitely an indignity to all."

'It's really about letting her know and the public know that she's not alone.'- Carol Millett

Millet launched a fundraising website to cover the $250 insurance deductible for cleaning the spray paint.

"It's not about the money so much, although I sure that will help. But it's really about letting her know and the public know that she's not alone," said Millet.

Fighting racism in Nova Scotia

Cromwell has been in the public eye after she brought an alleged case of workplace racism to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

She claims she suffered racial discrimination at a Leon's store in Dartmouth and quit as a result. She alleges a Leon’s manager referred to her employee evaluation as a lynching.

In the days since her car was vandalized, Cromwell said she received calls of support from a handful of strangers telling her "how they felt, how they felt like it was them, how they can feel my pain."

Millett said she hopes the fundraising effort can send a message across Nova Scotia.

"We can't tolerate these racist acts and if we stand together I do believe it sends a stronger message to those people who want to isolate and divide us," she said.

Police said the hate crime investigation is still ongoing.