SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) – A disabled Santa Clara woman has gotten an early Christmas gift from some jolly strangers.

Last weekend, Kathy Jo Swift’s Jazzy Pride electric wheelchair was stolen. Since then, she’s had to make do with a self-powered wheelchair, which tears up her hands.

But local media, including KCBS and CBS 5, picked up her story, and she became inundated with offers to help.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

That included a South Bay stroke victim, who dropped off his spare electric-powered wheelchair to her.

“When it first came in, they offloaded it on the van and I was out walking the dog,” said Swift. “They brought the wheelchair in so I got to ride it up to our apartment area from the van.”

She said she gets teary-eyed when thinking of the goodness of others.

“Being the holiday season, it really came at a good time, everyone just showing their support,” she said. “It makes you believe that there are nice people out there.”

Santa Clara police continue to ask for the public’s help in finding the stolen wheelchair.

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