Community’s kindness shines through after visitor has wheelchair stolen

Steve Dalley, visiting Palm Springs from New Zealand, is searching for his stolen wheelchair, pictured with him here. While he hopes it turns up, the community has turned out in full force to offer help.

A cruel event last week gave residents of Palm Springs a chance to show their kindness, and the recipient of that kindness cannot thank the community enough.

Steve Dalley of New Zealand, visiting the city for six months, reported his wheelchair stolen on June 29 at a residence near the intersection of San Rafael Drive and Indian Canyon Drive. Dalley said the theft occurred sometime between 12 PM and 5 PM.

Soon after Dalley reported the theft on Facebook, community members sprang into action. Dalley was flooded with not only words of support and offers of wheelchairs from locals, but dozens indicated they were willing to help purchase a replacement for him. Some even offered to start a GoFundMe account.

“I am also a paraplegic and I can’t imagine how awful this is for you,” wrote one concerned resident. “The cost of these chairs are well over $5,000. Your chair is your legs and you can’t be without one. If you would like mine please let me know.”

Dalley updated the community on July 1 with good news: “Jerry Alcorn of Alcorn Adaptive has kindly provided me with a wheelchair so I can continue with my stay in beautiful Palm Springs,” he wrote. “I will definitely be telling my friends back in New Zealand of the great people of Palm Springs, California. God bless America.”

In the meantime, the search for Dalley’s stolen property continues. The wheelchair is described as a TiLite ZR (16×18), Titanium/Black with 26-inch Spinergy wheels. Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call the Palm Springs Police Department non-emergency line at 760-327-1441.

“It might be a long shot at getting its return, but as you can imagine it’s quite important to me,” Dalley wrote.

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