Strangers Raised Nearly $100,000 To Buy A Van For Paralyzed Brothers

Carol Nisar
A group of strangers in Michigan raised enough money to purchase a state-of-the-art minivan to give to brothers in Grand Rapids who suffer from paralysis.

Two wheelchair-bound brothers in Grand Rapids, Michigan just got a new way to get around thanks to the kindness of strangers.

Several charitable groups in Michigan raised $80,000 to purchase a top-of-the-line minivan for Adam and Matt Chaffee, Huffington Post reported.

The Chaffee brothers, who were paralyzed in separate incidents a few months apart, are now enjoying getting around the city more easily thanks to the generous gift.

A 2016 Toyota Sienna SE was donated to the brothers after community members and a vehicle modification company in West Michigan heard their story. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, the charities were impressed by the young men’s will to stay optimistic despite their physical hardships and felt compelled to help them.

The modified minivan is equipped with a ramp, lowered floor, and heightened ceiling so that the brothers can easily enter the van while remaining in their wheelchairs. The van can be operated with hand controls.

Adam, who was paralyzed in a diving accident, expressed his utmost gratitude for the new car when being interviewed by Fox 17. He said, “We’re really thankful… they killed it on this one.” Matt, who was injured in a motorcycle accident, said, “This shows that there’s still light in this world.”

The video proves that a little thoughtfulness and sense of community can truly go a long way. 

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