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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It started out as a sad story. A local woman still recovering from a knife attack in 2004 had her car and wheelchair stolen while she was inside volunteering with the Red Cross.

But FCN has a great update to Deborah Lynn Thompson's story!

A local ad agency, St. John & Partners saw her story and reached out to their client, Independent Living Resource Center. The ILRC in turn checked with Brooks Rehab to see if it had a power wheelchair in its temporary loan closet.

Well, it did and now it thanks to a lot of kindness, Deborah got quite a gift!

"We never know what is going to happen, it is a huge generosity," said Thompson.

That wasn't the only surprise: St. John & Partners gave her $200 to replace the food that was inside her stolen car.

"I think the random acts of kindness supersede what is out there and great people are able to give back," said Tyler Morris with the Independent Living Resource Center.

When FCN first spoke to Deborah on Wednesday, she said that she was certain something positive would come out of what happened to her and looking around at a roomful of smiles at Brooks Rehabilitation Center, she was absolutely right. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is still looking for her car. It is a red 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Yakima bike rack on the top and a sticker on the back windshield that says 'om shanti'. If you see it call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Also, if you have medical equipment you no longer use such as a walker or a wheelchair, you can donate those items to Brooks Rehabilitation's temporary loan closet. It helps equip patients who suddenly find themselves in need after an accident.

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