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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Bedridden man receives wheelchair from viewer

Posted at 7:18 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 22:18:32-04
Sometimes our stories really speak to viewers.
After we told you about James Zellis, who was stuck in his bed because of his broken wheelchair, many reached out to 13 Action News wanting to help.
Thanks to the kindest of several people, we were able to get him a nearly-new chair Tuesday.
Bill and his wife Helen said they saw the story and immediately wanted to help. They had a power chair just sitting in their garage. It was not the right chair for Helen so Bill had been taking care of in hopes they would find someone to donate it to.
"I was going to try to sell it, but that was a fruitless effort," Bill said. "I said let's find a good home for it. Well, she did. She was watching Channel 13."
Zellis was waiting when 13 Action News came to his house with the chair and a moving crew from Warren's Homework. He thanked Helen and Bill.
"I appreciate their donation, I thank them, God bless them," Zellis said. "They looked out for me."
Zellis said he is grateful, but not surprised we were able to make this happen.
"Y'all take care of y'all's business," he said. "If anything is going wrong with something, you call and y'all look into it and that was a blessing."
When we told the folks at Warren's Homework about this story, they jumped on board and donated their services. Thanks to them and all our viewers who reached out after the story about Zellis first aired.