Paralyzed Birmingham Woman Receives Special Van

Xaveria Powell-Anderson said her prayers were answered earlier this month, just in time for Christmas, when a man lowered the price of a specialized van he was selling by $2,000 and others provided additional financial help.

The man had used the van in the care of his wife before she died.

The family purchased the van with the help of slightly more than $3,000 in a trust fund, a $1,500 gift from Anderson's mother and a $1,500 loan.

The quadriplegic wife and mother of four, who was paralyzed in a 2002 car accident, founded an outreach ministry two years later. She lost her previous van when it was stolen from her son in a carjacking.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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