Chris Veseth has worked as a greeter for 17 years at the Lowe's home improvement store in Springettsbury Township, Pennsylvania (video below).
Veseth was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, reports Little Things. Noticing that his old, worn out wheelchair was being held together with tape, his co-workers decided to get him a new one.
Within a matter of days, the GoFundMe account they set up raised three times their target goal of $8,000.
The surplus funds will cover the cost of flying him to California to be fitted for the chair, and also for the cost of shipping the wheelchair to its proud new owner, USA Today reports. If there’s any money left over, it will be donated to Veseth’s twin sister, who also has cerebral palsy.
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Dot Caloia, one of the Lowe’s employees who helped set up the GoFundMe account, said, "The wonderful thing about Chris is, he treats everyone the same. Whether he has just met you, or he has known you all of his life."
She was amazed at the response to their fundraising effort. “Last night, as the donations were rolling in, my co-workers and I were looking at it just in disbelief," Caloia said. "It's just so heartwarming to see people who want to give back to someone who has shown them so much kindness over the years."
As for Veseth, he said the generosity of his co-workers left him speechless. “I was crying all last night," he said. "I think we take it for granted sometimes, but there's a lot of good people in this world."