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VGM raises $12,000 to fund stolen wheelchairs

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A donation was made to a group needing help after someone stole more than a dozen wheelchairs during the holidays.

A check for $12,000 was donated to SportAbility in Cedar Rapids from employees at the VGM Group in Waterloo.

By paying ten dollars, VGM employees were allowed to wear jeans to work during the week of Dec. 30.

Each dollar raised was matched personally by VGM CEO and founder, Van G. Miller. A contribution from VGM's complex rehab division, U.S. Rehab, was also made.

Every dollar counts because each stolen wheelchair can cost up to five-thousand dollars.

SportAbility's goal is to raise $40-50,000 and they will put any additional donations towards programming funds.

"The silver lining is that through this theft, it's really gotten people really aware of what we're doing and it's brought SportAbility of Iowa to a greater awareness to other people and now we can reach more people," Volunteer CEO of SportAbility, Jack Eherenman said.

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