Farmington community rallies around neighbor

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FARMINGTON, Ill. — The Farmington community has been planning for weeks to surprise a local woman.

On Sunday, an emotional gift brought tears to a woman named Betty Lou Wallace.

“This bike is a god sent,” said Wallace.

After coming up with the idea and posting about it on Facebook, the Farmington community took action.

“She’s had a rough life, and has difficulty moving, so it’s just something that was long overdue,”said Nathan Chronister, who helped organize the gift.

Now, Betty Lou has a trike of her own to help her get place to place.

“This town have given me the biggest surprise of an old time life,” said Wallace.

The community was able to raise funds and surprise Betty.

“And within a week, the town did it. And, it was a nice chuck of money, so we’re so happy to be able to provide it for her,” said Chronister.

Her new wheels will help her every day.

“It takes me two to three hours just to get from one end of town, uptown, and back home. Because of the way, I have to walk, the pain and the agony in the legs,” said Wallace.

Now, daily errands and tasks will be much easier.

“Like most of us can just run up and grab something, she’ll now have that ability,” said Chronister.

The surprise was filled with emotions, and Betty couldn’t have been happier.

“This bike, and the town showing me this, that they care, just people showing up here today to say ‘hey we’re here for you, we care,” said Wallace.

Betty will now be riding through town, with her new trike.

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