Good sa­mar­i­tan brings Christ­mas cheer

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

A week be­fore Christ­mas, her autis­tic son, Liam, had his moun­tain bike stolen from their drive­way – a bike he used ev­ery sin­gle day to ride to school.

“He came out in the morn­ing to go to school and his bike was gone – they’ve had to go past other bikes to take his bike,” Ms Nel­son said.

“He couldn’t com­pre­hend why some­one would steal his bike.

“It’s one of the things he puts his en­ergy into, or takes his anx­i­ety out on rid­ing his bike

“Christ­mas Eve came about, I went to Sport­spower to buy him a new bike and brought it to work with me.”

About 15 min­utes af­ter pur­chas­ing the new bike, Ms Nel­son was con­tacted by Sport­spower who told her that a cer­tain gen­tle­man of­fered to reach into his own pock­ets and buy the bike for Liam.

“They gave me my money back,” Ms Nel­son said.

“I cried. I’m used to giv­ing, not re­ceiv­ing.

“I made my son come with me to meet this gen­tle­man – he didn’t quite un­der­stand why we had to go and see him.

“The man ex­plained to Liam that he’d like to give him his new bike.”

In re­turn, the 12-year-old gave the man – who wished to re­main anony­mous – a thank you in the form of a bear hug.

“I do a lot in the com­mu­nity for other peo­ple and I’m just not used to it com­ing back the other way, so it re­ally took me by sur­prise,” Ms Nel­son said.

“But for (Liam), he was just be­side him­self. “It was re­ally mind blow­ing. I’ve bought peo­ple gro­ceries be­fore and things like that but this was an­other step up, it wasn’t a $20 bike.”

Ms Nel­son said it’s dis­ap­point­ing know­ing that there are still peo­ple out there in this day and age that feel it’s the right thing to do to steal other peo­ple’s prop­erty.

“It re­ally irks me,” she said.

Ms Nel­son said she re­ported the mat­ter to Corowa po­lice.

Corowa lo­cal Karen Nel­son said she was “blown away” by a ran­dom act of kind­ness on Christ­mas Eve.

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