Bus driver Sylvie Pelesasa knew something was wrong with one of her passengers. Regular rider Lori Hiles, who has special needs and is partially deaf, didn't have her signature bike with her.
Pelesasa asked Hiles what happened to her bike, which is specifically designed for her. Hiles became very emotional.
"She started crying, 'Somebody took my bike. I can't understand why they would take my bike,'" Pelesasa said.
After hearing the story, Pelesasa became very emotional herself.
"I know how it feels to be violated in that way," she said. "l've been stolen from, and for somebody that has challenges or special needs it's even more devastating, so I just told her, 'Don't worry, I will make sure you get a bike.'"
So Pelesasa reached out on Facebook and asked for donations. And happily, a lot of good Samaritans came through, pitching in more than $400 total. Hiles not only got a new bike, but also a new helmet. And she couldn't be happier.
"I picked up Lori today on my route. WOW, her smile couldn't have gotten bigger," Pelesasa said in a Facebook post. "There she stood with her new bike waiting for the bus to show up. She kept saying, 'I'm so happy... I love my bike. Thank you, thank you for my bike.'"
Posted by Sylvie Pelesasa on Saturday, December 26, 2015
via Huffington Post