Student Saved His Money for Two Years to Buy His Disabled Friend a New Motorized Wheelchair

Mar 07, 2019
05:34 P.M.

High school student, Tanner Wilson surprised his best friend with an electric wheelchair which he bought after two years of saving money from his part-time job.


Tanner Wilson and Brandon Qualls are students of Caddo Hills High School, Arkansas. Brandon needs a wheelchair to get around and owns a hand-push model which was difficult and exhausting to use through the halls in school.

Seeing this problem, Tanner secretly saved up for two years with money he earned at his part-time job in a car mechanic shop. His goal was to buy his friend an electric wheelchair, something he knew Brandon always wanted to have.

A week ago, Tanner purchased the new motorized wheelchair and presented it to Brandon in class.


Brandon recalls the moment saying,

“They came in, and my face just blew up. I was just crying everywhere. I was like, ‘Wow I can’t believe he did that for me.’”

Tanner, for his part, says of his friend, “He’s just been a really good friend, and I wanted to do him a favor.”

Tanner’s mother, Colleen Carmack, admitted that her son had been through a lot the past year and she could tell that this experience of helping someone has made all the difference for him. It has refreshed his interest in his goals like college, and even wishing for Brandon’s family to have a vehicle capable of transporting his new wheelchair to and from school. The new model is currently left in school since they don’t have the means to take it home every day.


The boys received national attention for the gift of their friendship and the grand gesture that Tanner made to show for it. And it is attention that they truly deserve for a good deed done between friends.

Brandon’s teachers helped with the surprise, too. Ginger Wray personalized the new wheelchair with orange flames and the “Qualls” last name on the back. Another teacher, Kathy Baker, praised Tanner saying, “He loves to do for others. He is just a great young man.”


In another outstanding display of kindness and compassion, a 5-year-old girl from Michigan named Sunshine Oelfke emptied her piggy bank to help her friend.

Sunshine had been saving up for a snowmobile and while she hadn’t come close to reaching her goal, her grandmother, Jackie, witnessed her taking her money out to take it to school. Jackie soon found out what was really going on. The little girl explained,

"I am taking milk money to school for my friend, because my friend wants milk, and I want my friend to get milk, too," said Sunshine. "We like chocolate milk — together.”

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Dad Takes Disabled Daughter to Prom, Finds $10K Check for ‘Dad of the Year’ in Mailbox Later — Story of the Day

April 23, 2024

5 Celebrities Who Cut Their Kids Out of their Wills

January 30, 2024

Boy Gives up Dream Shoes to Buy Boots for Poor Classmate, Soon Truck Stops at His House to Reward Him — Story of the Day

February 20, 2024

Single Dad Pays for Poor Old Woman's Groceries, after Her Death, He Receives a Car as Her Gift – Story of the Day

February 21, 2024

Woman Saves Money to Provide for Two Children, but in Her Old Age They Kick Her Out of House — Story of the Day

March 08, 2024

Teacher Adopts Best Student after Seeing Him Asleep in Parking Lot, Later He Calls Her on Stage — Story of the Day

May 07, 2024

Days Before Wedding, Millionaire’s Daughter Disguises As Homeless to Test Her Wealthy Fiancé — Story of the Day

May 09, 2024

Teacher Notices Girl Is Often Late for School, Parents Can't Be Reached — Story of the Day

April 12, 2024

Two Little Boys Die in Tragic Incident after Staying Home Due to School Cancellations amid Frigid Weather

January 24, 2024

Mom Sees Long-Awaited Newborn Only for a Minute, Meets Him Again 9 Years Later – Story of the Day

February 25, 2024

Dad of 3 Living in Tent Gives Last $2 to Stranger at Gas Station, Wakes up Owning a Big Company — Story of the Day

April 29, 2024

I’m Raising My Sister’s Kid, but My Parents Still Hate Me – Story of the Day

May 07, 2024

Children Refuse to Support Old Dad, Learn He Died Trying to Earn at Least a Penny – Story of the Day

February 16, 2024

What Is Known about Rebel Wilson's Only Public 'Hot' Ex-boyfriend & Her Mysterious Dating Life

March 29, 2024