There are countless varieties of Kindness Acts: some are big and change lives, some are small and impactful. And sometimes, we do not have to look far to find someone who could use our help and our kindness. In Kari Zohfeld’s case, she had to look as far as her girlfriend’s sister, Karen. Kari reached out to Random Acts to support Karen by providing a new wheelchair.

A woman is pushing another woman in a wheelchair on a wooden patio. The wheelchair is purple. The woman in the wheelchair is wearing a pink t shirt and sunglasses. She is smiling and obviously having fun. The woman pushing the chair has medium length hair and is wearing a grey shirt.Two Wheels, Twice the Fun

Karen lives in Oak Forest, Illinois, US, and uses a wheelchair. Unfortunately, her wheelchair was not working properly anymore, and the feet rest was missing. Karen usually takes part in the Special Olympics. But the broken wheelchair made it close to impossible for Karen to comfortably participate in sports events. Kari knew Karen needed a new wheelchair and contacted Random Acts.

The next step was to find a suitable wheelchair for Karen. For that, Kari browsed the internet and did some research. She needed to find a wheelchair that was the correct size and that Karen could get in and out of easily. But Kari was not alone on her quest – Random Acts Regional Representative Susan Mickelson supported Kari in finding the perfect wheelchair.

A New Set of Wheels for KarenA woman is pushing another woman in a wheelchair in the garden in front of a house. The wheelchair is purple. The woman in the wheelchair is wearing a pink t shirt and red sunglasses. She is laughing and obviously having fun. The woman pushing the chair has medium length blonde hair and is wearing sunglasses and a grey striped shirt.

After some time, the day had finally come: the new wheelchair had arrived! The only thing left now was to present the new wheelchair to Karen. Susan and Kari met and went to deliver the wheelchair-shaped surprise.

Karen was delighted when she first saw her new wheelchair. She was excited because the wheelchair allowed her to finally take part in sports again. And it even came in purple, her favorite color! Karen could not wait to go back to school to show off her new set of wheels.
Providing Karen with a new wheelchair also filled Kari with happiness because of the difference this new wheelchair would make.

“A couple of days later, Karen was still beaming with pride at her new set of wheels,” says Kari.

A new wheelchair can positively change a person’s life. And sometimes, that person is not that far away and right in our close vicinity. Do you know someone who could need some support? Contact your Regional Representative for more information and guidance. Or head directly over to our Acts of Kindness page to apply for funding.