Good samaritan brings Christmas cheer
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.