Community Rallies Behind Wheeler Family

6:39 PM, Feb 28, 2012   |    comments
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Jo Ann Green and her son, Terry, want to help the Wheeler family.

WFMY News 2 introduced you to Carl Wheeler and his mother, Esther, last week. Carl was being a good Samaritan by helping two brothers push their car after it ran out of gas. Then, a drunk driver slammed into them.

Carl lost a leg and part of his brain. Now, he can't walk and can barely talk. His mother quit her job and stays by his side to provide around the clock care.

Ever since we told their story, viewers have been calling and emailing to ask how they can help.

People have offered to donate as little as four dollars to as much as $500. But, the generosity stretches beyond bank accounts. People have offered to give adult diapers or even host a benefit dinner.

Others want to donate time.

Theresa Smith said, "If she needs me to run to the store or help clean her house, or wash clothes, cook dinner for her, bring her a meal, if she's in the house all the time and has a favorite restaurant, just call me up and say, 'Can you go get me a meal from this restaurant? I haven't eaten there in awhile.'"

Jo Ann Green truly knows what Carl Wheeler's mother is going through. Jo Ann's son, Terry, was involved in a car crash 23 years ago. She has taken care of him ever since.

"Terry can't do anything for himself. But, he's there and he's a human being and he needs love and he needs care. And, I get my enjoyment knowing that I've made his life easier," Green said.

Jo Ann wants to meet Mrs. Wheeler and offer her advice and words of encouragement.

"I just want her to know...don't give up, don't get discouraged. It will get better. Stimulate him, show him love, which I know she does, and don't listen to what negative people say. Be positive," she said.

If you would like to help the Wheeler family, you can make donations at any BB&T Bank to the "2 Those Who Care/Wheeler family" account.

Many of you may also have services or items you wish to donate to the family. If there's anything else you want to do, please send us an e-mail to

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