The Kindness of Strangers

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I just love hearing stories about strangers rallying to help people in need.  Such is the case in this story I found on Huffingtonpost about two paralyzed brothers who received a wheelchair-friendly van 🙂

The Kindness of Strangers

Elyse Wanshel, Associate Editor, Good News, The Huffington Post

Two brothers who use wheelchairs just got a new kind of ride.

Thanks to an $80,000 donation from several groups of strangers, Matthew and Adam Chaffee, who are paralyzed, picked up a wheelchair-accessible minivan on Monday. The van is customized so they can drive it on their own, which gives the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based siblings a lot more independence.

The young men were paralyzed in two separate incidents but remained positive about their situations. A number of local people who heard about the brothers’ stories were touched by their outlook and began raising money for the van.

Brothers Adam (left) and Mat Chaffee in their new van.

“We’re really thankful,” Adam, 24, told local news station Fox 17.

“And they killed it on this one,” he added, referring to the 2016 Toyota Sienna SE, which is decked out with a ramp and a lowered floor and heightened ceiling to accommodate their chairs.

The vehicle also has hand controls that allow the brothers to drive without using their feet, reports the Kalamazoo Gazette, a local paper.

Doesn’t this just make you smile? 🙂 People have the capacity to be kind and compassionate and generous! Yes, I am aware of the bad news about people too….but I prefer to give more attention to these types of stories! I hope sharing this story brightens your day!

About Cate

I am a retired RN–stayed home after my second child was born, having worked for 10 years. I am in my mid-50s now, and I enjoy blogging, designing mugs and more and spreading a bit of positivity in the world.

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