Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

December 13, 2012

Ask and you shall receive

-- — South Georgia’s generosity is always amazing. From the annual Empty Stocking Fund to the recent response to people in need living under the James Beck Overpass to the response to a story about a young woman needing a wheelchair to help make her life more independent, area folks don’t just offer a helping hand — they change lives.

On Tuesday, The Times published a story about Kendra White, a young, military wife who needed help acquiring an ultra-lightweight wheelchair. With specialized wheels, this chair will allow her more maneuverability, more independence and even the opportunity to customize it to her own sense of style.

Alan Carter, founder of Brain Injury Advocate Services of Georgia, brought the story to The Times’ attention. He said all Kendra needed was an additional $800 to make the chair possible.

A Times reader made the chair possible early Tuesday morning.

Though the newspaper had only been out for less than a few hours, Carter received an email by 8:30 a.m. promising the needed money. The donor wished to remain anonymous, but the money was available a short time later.

Kendra White will have her new ultra-lightweight wheelchair.

Meanwhile, Carter and The Times fielded calls throughout Tuesday into Wednesday from people wanting to help Kendra White.

In the bustle of various activities, in the hard-nose confrontations of politics, in the pettiness of online comments, and amidst stories of horrible crimes, a community can sometimes lose sight of how blessed we are to be where we are.

South Georgia’s generosity can be contagious. To those people who wished to help Kendra White after the money for her wheelchair had already been secured, we would encourage you to look to your neighborhood, or your church, or consider an area organization where your contributions can do the most good.

And if The Times can help in some small way, let us know.

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