CHICAGO (CBS) — The giving spirit of the holidays is still going strong.
On Tuesday night, CBS 2 shared a story about an Englewood woman whose wheelchair was stolen.
Lizzie Wallace, 79, said someone came into her building’s community room and took her wheelchair. The person working the front desk didn’t realize it was being stolen.
Wallace has respiratory problems, a heart condition and arthritis, and she depends on that chair.
Since CBS 2’s Tara Molina’s initial story aired, more than a dozen viewers reached out to offer to donate a replacement. On Wednesday night, Wallace received a new chair as a special gift from the nonprofit Devices 4 the Disabled.
“When I saw the piece on CBS about this poor woman on Christmas Day having her wheelchair stolen, I knew what it meant to her, and I can’t tell you what it means to me to be able to give her that mobility back,” said Bob Shea of Devices 4 the Disabled.
Wallace said she had been virtually confined indoors since her wheelchair was stolen last week. On Wednesday night, she was happy to regain some of her independence.
“I’ve got my chair, and I thank God for it,” Wallace said.
Thanks to the generosity of strangers Wallace is getting a new chair.
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