Donations Pour in to Replace Stolen Wheelchairs for the Disabled - NBC Bay Area

Donations Pour in to Replace Stolen Wheelchairs for the Disabled

"It breaks my heart," the nonprofit's founder said.

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    Donations have been pouring in to replace stolen wheelchairs at Global Mobility, a nonprofit, in Van Nuys, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

    Donations are pouring in to replace stolen wheelchairs bound for disabled children and adults.

    Someone stole a truck with 80 wheelchairs intended for disabled children and adults in Indonesia.

    State Assemblyman Matt Dababneh rallied behind the nonprofit behind the effort, Global Mobility and delivered a $15,000 check to the company.

    "This is an absolute blessing," said David Richard, the president and founder of Global Mobility, during a news conference. "A bad has turned into a good."

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    The wheelchairs that were stolen were going to be loaded into a shipping container heading for Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

    Dababneh said he saw the story on NBC4 and it broke his heart.

    He tweeted about it and rallied local business leaders to raise the money.

    "We want to make sure that that tragedy turns into greater hope for more disabled individuals," he said.