Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- She's probably made you smile while speaking to you at the Lowe's in North Augusta on Knox Avenue.
She's probably even helped you around the store.
But now, thanks to her big heart -- and the help of the community -- her life after a debilitating accident last year has gotten just a bit better.
Debbie Martin, who is wheelchair-bound, posted a fundraiser on her personal Facebook page pleading for help and describing the accident that she said she had to be cut out of back on Aug. 19, 2018.
Martin said she was driving that day when another driver ran a red light and crashed into her van. The van was so damaged that it was declared a total loss.
While going through the insurance process, Martin said she was told the other driver's insurance would only cover a minimal amount and left just enough to where she would be unable to afford a new wheelchair-accessible van.
While she has found several options to replace her old van, they are all out of her price range.
So, she turned to Facebook for help, and boy, did the community ever deliver.
In just two days, Martin's fundraiser met its $20,000 goal with 500 people -- that's about an average of $25 a person -- pitching in to make her dream of driving back and forth to work a reality once again.
Fellow community members have been commenting on the fundraiser since it went live on Monday.
"You are such a joy," one post said. "I just know you're going to meet this need."
"I have always enjoyed your hospitality while checking out at Lowe's! I hope you receive all you have asked for and more," another said.
"We got you Ms Debbie!!" said another.
Yes, they did, Ms. Debbie. Yes, they did.