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Stolen wheelchair victim receives a new one from KTBS viewers

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"My phone has rung constantly," said Wright Walton. Even from Colorado, Atlanta, TX. Everybody saw that thing."

Walton, 78, never wanted to be famous, but KTBS's story about his stolen wheelchair got him a lot of attention.

Alisha Timon saw the piece and said it upset her.

"It kind of hit home because it was at the Walmart that I shop at all the time. I go there often," she said. "I was just frustrated, so I made a post on my Facebook and said, 'If 80 of my Facebook friends would donate $5 a piece, we could buy this man a new wheelchair. They came through unbelievably."

The cash poured in quickly, but Timon also got a phone call from her aunt, Brenda Collins of Waskom. She offered to donate a practically brand new wheelchair to Walton.

"Oh boy! That looks good. It's my size!" Walton exclaimed when he saw it.

"It's unbelievable," he said, talking about how he feels about the donation. "It's hard to explain, it's so wonderful that their are people like that."

But the wheelchair was not the only donation Timon and her Facebook friends made. They also gave Walton more than 200 dollars.

"It was initially to buy the wheelchair, but when my aunt donated the wheelchair, I just said you know what, he's got medicine costs and other stuff that you can use this for," said Timon.

"Oh yes," he grinned. "I appreciate it."

"I just didn't know people help people anymore," said Walton. "A wheelchair allows me to live by myself… I just feel alive again."

Mr. Walton could not thank Timon or KTBS enough for the help we were able to give him.

Shreveport Police said Thursday they continue to look into Walton's case and will hopefully track the person responsible down. They also said they can not release the surveillance video because it is an ongoing investigation. 

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