YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – You’ve probably seen the beloved greeter if you shop at the Lowe’s along East Market Street in Springettsbury Township, York County.
Chris Veseth has been helping customers there for more than a decade. Now, the community is coming together to help him.
“Everybody knows Chris,” said Bill Trail, who has worked with Chris at Lowe’s for 12 years.
“I’ve worked here for 17 and a half years,” Chris said.
Chris’s co-workers say he always has a smile on his face despite his situation.
“My twin sister and I have cerebral palsy,” Chris said.
Chris and his sister were born three-and-a-half months early. He was diagnosed with spinal meningitis at nine months old.
He has been in a wheelchair ever since he was five years old. The back of his current wheelchair broke. Chris used about two rolls of Gorilla Tape to keep his wheelchair from falling apart, but that’s something he won’t have to worry about for much longer.
“I started crying like a baby,” Chris said. “I’m still overwhelmed. I think I’m going to have tears in my eyes for the rest of my life.”
That’s because Chris’s co-workers started a GoFundMe page for a new wheelchair.
“The fundraiser launched at four o’clock, and I think by 11 o’clock it made the goal of the $8,000,” Chris said.
Now the amount has gone up to more than $27,000.
“I always knew there were good people in this world,” Chris said.
Chris’s co-workers told him he should use the extra money to replace his older Honda Civic, but he decided to help his sister.
“I want to help my twin sister out. She’s disabled, and there’s a couple things she needs, just like possibly replace her walker and maybe get her a new cane. There might be some things under the Christmas tree,” Chris said.
He’ll also use the extra money to build a wheelchair ramp for his home.
“No matter what you’re handed in life, you make the most of it. You go on with each day, and you put your best foot forward or best wheel forward, but Chris just keeps on going,” Bill said.
“Whether you’re disabled or able bodied, you just have to go out and enjoy life and do the best you can with what you have,” Chris said.
Chris is doing the best with what he has and inspires the co-workers and customers at Lowe’s. He says corporate headquarters plans to fly him out to cover his story.