West Michigan steps up to help local mother

Posted at 10:28 PM, Mar 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-26 22:39:58-04

ALLEGAN COUNTY,Mich-- She's spent her life overcoming obstacles and helping out others at the same time.

Wednesday night FOX 17 told you about Kellie Keller, a West Michigan mom who we first met delivering Thanksgiving meals to the needy last fall.

Recently, her power wheelchair was crushed after she was involved in a car accident in Atlanta.

Right after our story aired, our phones started ringing off the hook. We received emails and Facebook post from complete strangers who did not know Kellie but wanted to help.

We were there when Kellie met Becky Fate, a kind woman with a generous heart. She gave Kellie a 2012 power chair for her to use. The two women embraced like old friends. But Keller and Fate had never met.

Fate says, "we seen your story and I am like we got to get a hold of her and my daughter called me at the same time".

Becky's daughter tracked down Kellie on Facebook and arranged a meeting at a truck stop, so Becky could give her a power chair.

"I hope that she is able to get around with this, maybe it will last her for a few years until she can get a better one", says Becky.

Overwhelmed and grateful, Kellie accepted the chair; it was a strange position for her because she's used to helping others out.

We first met Kellie as she delivered Thanksgiving dinner to others in need  last fall. She says while it was a different experience being on the other end of the spectrum, she's humbled by all the responses her story received.

Keller says, " I don't ask for much or for help to actually accept it is really weird for me, but thank you."

Kellie tried the chair out and it fit her. The chair was loaded into her SUV and she drove it home. The exchange took no more than 10 minutes, ending like it started, with an embrace.

Becky Fate says, "I just wanted to do something for someone else for a change."