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Haw River, NC -- Community members continued to bless the Wheelers Tuesday, as the family received much-needed medical supplies and a new bed.

On July 24, 2011, a drunk driver plowed into Carl Wheeler as he was helping people he didn't even know push a stalled minivan near Interstate 40/85. The crash killed 17-year-old Darren Jones. Wheeler suffered brain damage, lost most of his right leg and requires around-the-clock care from his mother.

When WFMY News 2 viewers saw the Wheelers' story in February -- and the sacrifices Carl's mother, Esther, makes to care for her son -- they immediately began making physical and financial donations to ease the family's burden.

That generosity continued Tuesday, as Aubrey McDonald delivered an electric hospital bed to the Wheelers' home. McDonald said he and his wife had planned to sell the bed, but they called WFMY News 2 immediately after they saw the Wheelers' need in hopes of donating it. The bed will reduce physical strain on Esther, because it makes it easier to move Carl around.

"I think anything we can do to help someone that we see has a need, we ought to be able to do it," McDonald said.

WFMY News 2 staff also delivered more than a dozen boxes of home health supplies that viewers had donated. And thanks to the Triad's generosity, the debt the Wheelers have incurred as a result of the crash will soon be paid off.

"Like I've been telling Carl every night before he'll go to sleep, 'Keep the faith in God and He will deliver,'" Esther said. "And He has been a blessing to us."

Earlier this month, WFMY News 2 viewers donated a wheelchair van and a motorized wheelchair to the family. Esther said she cannot express her gratitude enough, but is continually thankful for what strangers have done.

"I thank whoever, wherever you are," she said. "Thank you, thank you. It's been a blessing."

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