PLANT CITY, Fla. - Sometimes people just have luxuries stolen from them. But recently Mary Hodby had two necessities taken from her.
Hodby lives in Plant City. Because of a life-long condition, Hodby can barely walk.
“I make it a few steps and my legs are ready to give out,” Hodby said.
To get around, she uses a handicap-accessible van with a built-in lift, plus two motorized scooters.
Three weeks ago, though, someone stole the van from right outside her apartment. One of the two motorized scooters was inside.
“My heart fell in stomach and I was like ‘Why me?’” Mary recalls. “(It hurt) just to know how it feels to have someone take something from you, take all you have, you know? That was all I had.”
Mary has been able to use a rented van for a short time. But that will no longer be an option very soon.
She is struggling to find a long-term solution. Her insurance company has provided some money to compensate her for the loss of the van. Her church, St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Plant City, has given her some money as well.
Ralph Bettis, the chairman of the deacon board at Mary’s church, describes her as a very dedicated church member.
“Because of that, we go the extra mile. We do everything we can to help her,” Bettis said.
But she is currently about $2,000 short of being able to purchase the cheapest handicap-accessible van she was able to find. The van costs about $9,000 total.
Bettis called ABC Action News, hoping our viewers might be able to help Mary get the rest of the money she needs to purchase a new van. He is asking anyone willing to donate money through the church for the van.
The church’s phone number is (813) 754-4992. The St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church’s address is 108 Warnell St., Plant City, FL 33563.
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