(TheBlaze/AP) — Filmmaker Tyler Perry is donating a new vehicle to a Georgia woman with cerebral palsy after her specially-equipped van was stolen outside her home in Atlanta.
Perry told Atlanta station WSB-TV that he decided to give Alicia Day the brand new van after watching a news report about the theft this week.
Inspired by her story and dismayed that the family could not afford to replace the $60,000 vehicle, Perry reportedly called the news channel just minutes after the program ended to ask what he could do to help.
WSB-TV relates Alicia Day’s story, and how Perry’s generosity has impacted the family:
Day, who’s in a wheelchair, had no idea how she would get around. Despite her disability, she told Channel 2’s Diana Davis she prides herself on trying to be independent, working part-time as a greeter at Home Depot. Her mother, Hannelore Day, also relies on the $60,000-van to take Day to work and to doctor appointments. But now transportation is no longer a concern thanks to Perry, Day said.
“My mouth just dropped to the floor when I heard his voice,” Day said about her reaction to Perry’s call.
Her father, who answered the phone couldn’t believe it was Perry.
He said, “Excuse me, who do you want to talk to? Who is this now?,’ Day’s mother said.
Not only that, but Day’s co-workers at The Home Depot have pledged $5,000 to help with her medical expenses, and the company’s president is meeting with Day later this week.
“God is good, and Tyler Perry is just wonderful!” Day told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday, adding that her favorite Perry movie is “Why Did I Get Married?”
Salesman Michael Bortvit, who sold the car to the filmmaker, said he’d never seen anything like it. Perry pulled up by himself, seemingly determined to help the family, calling them to ask which model they would like best.
“It was a humongous gesture of generosity,” Bortvit said. “And it was obvious that not only was he not seeking recognition, he was going out of his way to avoid it.”
Day told WSB-TV: “I went from being bummed out yesterday to today, just being thrilled!”
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