Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- You reap what you sow -- at least that’s how the old saying goes.
In the case of North Augusta native Debbie Martin -- who is known around the area as simply Ms. Debbie -- a lifetime of good paid off in the best way this week.
“Believe it or not, I needed help.” Martin said. “And the community came together, and I appreciate everybody.”
Martin is in a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy in her knees. Despite that, she loves coming to work at the Lowe’s in North Augusta every day.
“It’s just the energy of it,” Martin said. “Because I feel like if I stay home, I’ll wither away.”
That became a lot more difficult last August when her special van was hit in an accident. But she still showed up at Lowe's.
“She was using a cab to get back and forth from work,” Martin’s friend, Debbie Smith -- the other Ms. Debbie -- said. Smith added that’s just typical of Martin.
“She still wants to work,” Smith said. “She has a huge work ethic.”
Martin persevered and managed to pay her cab driver every two weeks.
“The Lord is good -- all the time,” Martin said.
But when she realized she wouldn't get the money she thought she was going to due to insurance issues, she turned to those whose lives she's touched for decades.
“All you had to do was see her picture, and listen to her story, and you’d know -- she’s genuine,” Smith said.
Then, it climbed higher. And higher. And even higher.
Now, the fundraiser has eclipsed $30,000, leaving Ms. Debbie absolutely speechless.
“I honestly feel great, but I don’t want to cry,” Martin said.
While her independence is back within her grasp, Martin said that feeling is nothing compared to the love she feels now.
“To realize people love me just that much because I try to try everybody the same,” Martin said.