Gift restore's Tracy woman's independence
by Joel Danoy
Jul 19, 2013 | 2072 views | 2 2 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Missing scooter replaced
Betty Hanson climbs aboard her new scooter for the first time on Friday, July 12. The scooter was donated to Hanson after hers was allegedly stolen on July 2.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Betty Hanson is back on the road, thanks to a new motor scooter from an anonymous donor.

The 89-year-old, who relies on the scooter for transportation, suspects her previous scooter was stolen on June 22 after it broke down in the shopping center on the southeast corner of 11th Street and Corral Hollow Road. (Previous Tracy Press story.)

On Friday, July 12, members of the Tracy Police Officers Association delivered the new ride to Hanson’s house on Tennis Lane.

She immediately began admiring the features, which include turn signals, armrests and two large baskets.

“I can buy a lot more groceries now,” she said. “The first basket was very small and I could only fit a quart of milk and a couple other things. This is quite an upgrade.”

Because Hanson doesn’t own an automobile, she uses a scooter to do her grocery shopping and run errands at the shopping center.

“I’ve got my independence back,” Hanson said. “This is a magnificent machine — I’m just amazed.”

According to Lt. Mark Duxbury of the Tracy Police Department, the donor read an article in the July 3 Tracy Press about Hanson’s missing scooter.

Duxbury said the donated scooter is 3 years old but has never been used. The Tracy woman who owned it asked to remain anonymous, he said.

The police association volunteered to deliver it and offered to buy Hanson a new $80 scooter charger.

Hanson said she would like to meet the donor someday to thank her.

“This is very, very nice of her to do what she did, and it’s very nice of the police department to take the active role that it did,” she said. “I would tell her thank you very much for giving me my independence back, because it makes a big difference in my life.”

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July 21, 2013
Awww, I LOVE this!!! I'm so glad someone had a big heart and gave this to her! Kudos to both of you! :)
July 19, 2013
What a wonderful gesture from the donor, making it even more special that they are not looking for publicity. Your kindness is greatly appreciated and admired.

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