Stranger helps elderly Pawtucket couple in search for wheelchair-accessible van

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE)- A Pawtucket man got creative in his search for a wheelchair-accessible van for his homebound wife.

It took five months, but finally, the right person came along who was ready to answer their call for help.

“When I married my wife, I told her I would take care of her as long as I’m breathing. I promised her that and I will do that,” an emotional Henry Jacques told ABC6.

Jacques placed a sign in his front yard which read, “WANTED: Wheelchair accessible van. Rent or buy.”

His wife, Elaine, suffers from spinal and nerve issues. Her wheelchair doesn’t fit in his car, so the couple relies on state transportation services bring her to and from doctors visits.

The couple said the service isn’t always reliable, and takes about three days in advance to plan.

“And sometimes they don’t even show up,” Elaine explained.

Feeling desperate, Henry decided to get creative and put the sign in his yard, a plea for anyone to help him find a van for his wife.

Neighbor Veronica Aguiar noticed the sign and posted it on social media. She told ABC6 she hoped to spread the word and help out the couple, complete strangers at the time.

“I knew the people that lived here were elderly so they may not have been very internet savvy so I figured I’d snap a quick picture posted it on Facebook. Just to get the word out there because I figured it couldn’t hurt.”

With help from Aguiar and social media, the couple hopes to find a van so they can get back to doing everything they love.

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