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Family gets wheelchair accessible van after old one was stolen

Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 13:53:49-05

MILWAUKEE, WI (WITI/CNN) - It is a special gift parked on Milwaukee's south side covered in balloons and a bow: a wheelchair accessible van.

"It's a happy ending," said Jose Figueroa, the van's owner.

The moment has been more than a month in the making. The van is a needed gift to help the Figueroa family get back to their routine.

"Blown away by the response and we are very thankful for sure," Imelda Figueroa said.

This all began Christmas morning when they got an unwanted surprise. As they warmed their van and got ready to see family, someone stole it.

The wheelchair accessible van was found torched days later.

"You're like, 'Why would someone do this,'” Imelda Figueroa said.

Since then, it's been a struggle getting around with two of their three children living with disabilities.

Family set up a GoFundMe page and the donations started rolling in. They eventually teamed up with Mobility Works and they took care of the rest.

"We wanted to find a perfect solution for them and this is what we ended up doing for them," said Mike Harty, General Manager of Mobility Works.

It can fit two wheelchairs and accommodate the family’s needs. It even came with the kids' favorite treats.

The family continues to say thanks with more than just words.

"Most of the help came from strangers, just strangers with good hearts," Jose Figueroa said,

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