There's no limit to what a community can accomplish, and that has been shown again this week in Moose jaw.

Back in May we told you about a fundraiser that was started to purchase a special needs van for Marie Wright, local volunteer and accomplished wheelchair athlete. The van she had was old and very worn down, but she couldn’t afford a new one.

She found a lightly used on online, but still needed to raise over $40,000 to purchase it.

That’s where the community stepped in.

A GoFundMe page was set up, as well as various fundraisers, which added up quickly.

“We combined the GoFundMe money with a trust fund account that they set up, so the final total was $25,000, which was amazing. Absolutely amazing.”

Then she received a call that made all the difference.

“Sunday night I got a call from the guy from the Kinsman Telemiracle and he said ‘I’ve got good news for you!’ They approved the rest of it, up to what the van costs. So I was pretty excited for that.”

Wright said it won’t be long now before she is able to hit the road.

“Now I just have to wait. The hand controls are in now, I have to wait for the 6-way power seat to come, then I’ll be good to go.”

She said she is overwhelmed by the generosity of the community, the diversity of those that donated.

“It was mostly people I knew, there were a few that were anonymous, there were a few I didn’t know. There were some we couldn’t find adresses for. We tried to thank everyone individually, so, if we didn’t thank them yet, I’m thanking them now.”

 

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