Woman With Cerebral Palsy Needed Wheelchair To Keep Job So Friend Took To The Web.

Online communities can be incredibly welcoming and supportive places.

One day in February 2018, Elizabeth Bollinger had an idea to help out a friend and coworker who was struggling, so she turned to the community members of her online “home” of Imgur to ask for their assistance.


Elizabeth explained that her friend Hailee was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. Although her disability makes it difficult to work at the checkout line at Publix Supermarket, Hailee always has a smile on her face and a “can do” attitude.


“This is Hailee! One of my favorite people in the world. She’s my coworker at a Publix Supermarket in Florida. As you can see, she is wheelchair-bound, due to being born with cerebral palsy. She cannot stand on her own for very long, which sucks when you consider she has to cashier for hours at a time.”

Elizabeth went on to describe how Hailee has always dreamed of having an electric wheelchair that can help the user stand up and sit back down, while keeping their legs immobile. Unfortunately, these chairs start at upwards of $6,000, so they’re way out of reach for Hailee on her cashier’s salary.

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After pricing out the chair that Hailee would love to have, Elizabeth started a GoFundMe page asking for $10,000 to cover the costs. She shared her message and a few pictures of her friend on Imgur, then went about her business. When she checked the site later, she was astounded to see that the Imgur community had jumped on the chance to help Hailee reach her goal!
In just twelve hours, two hundred and thirty people had chipped in to raise a combined $5,602.  The fundraiser is well on its way to completion, and Hailee can’t believe how lucky she is!

It’s always a beautiful thing when hundreds of people team up to help a person they don’t even know. Elizabeth updated her post with progress reports, and she seemed just a tad bit excited.
“OMG Y’ALL ARE THE BEST PEOPLE EVER!!!!! I went to bed around 2am, woke up round 9;30… go to check…. and the gofundme page is already past $5K!!!!! I dunno what else to say except y’all’re awesome and the best community ever! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO UPVOTED AND DONATED AND ARE HELPING THIS AWESOME WOMAN TO GET A NEW CHAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Being a part of a community, both online and off, means taking care of each other. Share if you agree!

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