Today we had the distinct pleasure of picking up a donation for Olivia’s wheelchair fund from the Shoprite supermarket on Aramingo Ave. here in Philly. In case you missed the story let me fill you in: Olivia Golembiewski is a special needs girl who lives not far from our fire station. She is mostly confined to her wheelchair, a chair specially designed for her needs. In an act of pure depravity, some animal stole her chair while her father carried he into their home a few weeks back. Since chairs like this are big-ticket items replacing it was a daunting challenge for her hard-working parents.
Some of the guys at my station decided on their own to step up and help little Olivia out. They mounted a campaign to raise the money needed to get Olivia a new chair and even go one step further: build a wheelchair ramp in front of her house so this doesn’t happen again. From the outset the response from the community has been tremendous. People have made donations (many through this dopey blog) and we are getting close to our goal of the nine thousand dollars needed.
Today’s donation was for nearly fifteen-hundred dollars. The Shoprite employees raised over seven hundred dollars through a bake sale (who knew bake sales were so lucrative?) and the owners matched it. There isn’t enough I can say about that kind of generosity except Thank you!