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10/08/03

Car Donated to Family in Need

Two days ago, a ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy had her wheelchair stolen along with the family car. Now, Joy Thomas has another wheelchair, this one from a generous donor. But the family still didn't have a way to get around, until today. Just this morning, we received a call from a group of people saying they wanted to help out this family even more by donating a car.

It turned out to be an unbelievable day for Evette Thomas. "When you called me, I thought it was a cruel joke to be honest with you," she said. But it was no joke when she was handed the keys to her new car.

The vehicle was donated by the group 100 Black Men of Savannah, whose hearts went out to Evette and her family. They knew they had to take action when they heard on WTOC that her car was stolen along with her daughter's wheelchair.

"We wanted to do anything we could to help her mitigate her transportation problems," said the groups John Parker. "We know she has a daughter in a wheelchair and she also has to get back and forth to work, and we thought if we can be of any help at all, we'd try to provide what ever assistance she would need."

With a daughter whose constant need for medical care is vital, a car is something Evette could not afford to be without. Now she no longer has to worry. "I just thank you to everyone who called in," she said. "Thank you for all the help and support, it really feels good and I'm glad I called to let you know."

The Savannah police did find Evette's car, but it's being checked for evidence. Whether or not it's still in good working condition is still something that needs to be checked out. But if it's still drivable, Evette says she'll give the donated car back to the 100 Black Men of Savannah so somebody else in need can use it.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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