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Generosity and kindness see Vernon mom's stolen stroller replaced

RCMP officers present a new stroller and some additional gifts to a mom in need, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.
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February 26, 2021 - 4:14 PM

A Vernon mother, who had her stroller stolen from outside of her home last month, has been gifted a new set of wheels thanks to a generous resident who kickstarted a community effort to help out.

According to a Vernon North Okanagan media release, the mother reported her stroller stolen to the RCMP and then posted to social media about how devastating the crime was on her and her young daughter. The stroller was a life aid for the mom whose young daughter has mobility challenges and needs the stroller to leave for the house for day-to-day activities.

Alexa Wyatt-McCarthy saw the social media post, and set up a fundraiser through her business EverRae Mobile Spa, in hopes to replace the stroller.

"When I read her story, I knew I wanted to help," Wyatt-McCarthy said in the release. "At first, I didn’t know what to expect, but the response from the community and our clients was overwhelming and right away we had met and exceeded the fundraising goal we had set."

As donations started coming in, the RCMP's Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation joined in and provided a significant donation to help purchase a replacement stroller for the family.

"With the support of community fundraising, we were able to purchase a new stroller for the family and also relieve some additional financial stressors," Cops for Kids coordinator Courtney King said in the release. "Being here and being part of this is amazing, it just feels so good."

"Alexa’s efforts had a significant effect on this family’s life and the actions of everyone who stepped up to help are what makes our community such a great place to live," Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Chris Terleski said in the release. "Her kindness, compassion, and willingness to help someone in their time of need has made a positive impact in our community and she deserves to be recognized for it."

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