A woman from the Atlanta area-Decatur, received a wonderful surprise the day after she was devastated to learn that her minivan was stolen. The surprise was a phone call from television and movie star, Tyler Perry and her was calling to let he know he was buying her a new van.
“God is good, and Tyler Perry is just wonderful,” Alicia Day exclaimed, talking to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on Tuesday.
On Monday, while watching the news, Perry saw a report about Day’s car being stolen on Sunday. Her customized Chrysler minivan was stolen from the driveway of her home. 24 year old Day has cerebral palsy and she uses a wheelchair. She had a customized van to accommodate getting in and out of the vehicle with her wheelchair. She used the van as her only source of transportation to get to and from her part-time job at Home Depot where she is a greeter.
When Perry heard her story, he did not waste any time. Two hours after Day’s story aired on the news, she had a new minivan, thanks to Tyler Perry.
Day was elated, saying,
“This made me feel so wonderful. Tyler Perry, of all people, decided to help a handicapped person.”
Perry got on the job himself, driving to R & R Mobility Van & Lifts Inc. in Conyers, where the Days had bought the stolen van 12 years prior to the theft. Perry had to convince the dealership to open back up for his purchase because they were closed. He then purchased the $60, 000 van that same day.
Michael Bortvit, a salesman at the dealership said,
“I’d never seen anything like this. I had left for the day. I turned around and came back and met with Mr. Perry, who drove up alone in his Land Rover.”
Perry included Day’s parents, Cecil and Hannelore Day, in choosing the van for their daughter. They were shown a selection of vans and chose a silver customized 2011 Volkswagen Amerivan for Alicia.