High school senior saves up for two years to buy his friend with disability an electric wheelchair in heartwarming gesture
Arkansas high school senior Tanner Wilson, of Caddo Hills High School, saved money from a part-time job for two years to buy friend Brandon Qualls an electric wheelchair
A high school senior from Arkansas saved up for two years in a bid to buy an electric wheelchair for his friend with a disability. Teachers at their school expressed how proud they were of their friendship and said the kind gesture did not come as a surprise.
Brandon Qualls, of Caddo Hills High School in Norman, was having a difficult time getting around in his manual chair, Daily Mail reports. "My arms would get really tired and I would have to stop and take rests," Qualls told KTHV.
When Tanner Wilson noticed his dear friend's predicament, he started saving to buy him a new set of wheels that would turn his life around. After two years of working a part-time job, Wilson finally earned enough to purchase a thoughtful gift for Qualls. "He’s just been a really good friend and I wanted to do him a favor," Wilson said. "I just felt like I needed to do it and I wanted to do it."
The gift, however, had taken a lot longer to materialize. Speaking to KARK, Wilson said, "For the past three years I've wanted to get him one and I mean, I've been trying."
Qualls' happiness knew no bounds on Tuesday when Wilson finally presented the gift to him. "They came in and my face just blew up… crying everywhere," Qualls said. "[I was] just like 'Wow, can’t believe he did that for me!'"
One of Qualls' teachers realized the significance of Wilson's gift and stepped in to customize his new ride in his favorite color — orange. "When he came by I said 'Brandon, you got to have some flames on there because you're going to be buzzing down these halls in no time!'" the teacher Ginger Wray said. "So I went home and made him some flames."
The exuberance on Qualls' face was extremely satisfying for Wilson, who said it was more than worth the effort to make it happen for his best friend. "There are many people out there that have troubles and need a little bit of help. Sometimes they can’t do it for themselves," he said.
Teachers at Caddo Hills High applauded the heartwarming friendship between the two young men, who are set to graduate this year. According to them, Wilson's kind gesture quite simply reflects the person he is. "He loves to do for others. He loves to take up for others," teacher Kathy Baker said. "He is just a great young man."