Thursday, May 29, 2008

Teller Family Wheelchair Lift Update

Remember my post awhile back about my best friend, Marianna Teller, and her son, Andrew, who has cerebral palsy? The family was about to get a wheelchair lift from a nonprofit agency when scrap metal thieves stole the lift. It was heart-breaking, to say the least, but the local news carried the story and anonymous donors gave to a fund to help them buy a new lift, which retails around $7,000. The Tellers were completely floored by the outpouring of generosity, and from perfect strangers!

Then a few weeks later, a woman contacted the nonprofit agency to tell them that her mother had died and that she wanted to donate her wheelchair lift. It was exactly what the Tellers needed! The money in the fund that was donated went to installing the lift on their back porch, and the increased freedom and mobility the family has is "a gift," in Marianna's words.

Click here to see the local news story about the Teller Family....when you get there click on the orange camera icon at the top right of the story to view the video.

Thank you so much for your concern, prayers, kind thoughts, comments and donations to this dear family. I forwarded all of your comments to them and they were so touched by them. People who had no idea how difficult their situation was stole something that would have changed their lives, but just when they were most broken-hearted and overwhelmed, strangers-turned-angels not only gave them back what they lost, but showed them real, tangible kindness.
This is what real love looks like and gosh, it's beautiful.

6 comments:

Heather said...

This is wonderful news. I am so glad you updated us on your friends and i am delighted tat the donations made a difference and they are doing better. Yay!!

Alison Gibbs said...

How wonderful to get the donation of the chair lift and then the funds being able to be used for installation.
Great fundraising effort by all involved.
Alison

Lori said...

yes, that love does look beautiful...and beautiful also is the outcome to this story...thanks for giving us this update, i have faith that there is true kindness in this world when i hear things like this...i am so happy for your friend and her family:)

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

So glad to hear that life might be a little easier for them.

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Cheryl, we are so happy with this wonderful news and you are SO right, it IS beautiful :) Happy day sweetie! Jenn and Jacqui xo

Lori said...

Cheryl, I seen this on our local news station and was so excited and happy for the family! They were so greatful it brought tears to my eyes!! Love,Lori