Esther Wheeler (Carl's mother) quit her job as a bus driver to take care of her son.
Greensboro, NC -- People have been contacting WFMY News 2 wanting to help Carl Wheeler and his family ever since we first presented the story.
At Lorillard, the giving started with one conversation. Sonya Gwynn and co-workers in the cutting department saw the story started talking in the break room. They all said said they wanted to do something. Just like that, word started to spread.
When asked why they decided to help, Gwynn said, "Everybody's heart when out to her. It was just, it could be our family."
Gwynn asked her manager, and other departments said they wanted to help. Now it may become a company-wide effort.
When asked how she felt about knowing she got the ball rolling, Gwynn said, "When I heard everybody wanting to help, that's what I wanted to do. I know his mother is real sad right now and its not gonna do anything to take away her pain, but maybe we can lessen her burden a little bit."
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