'Peanut Dude' helps disabled woman move again

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - On Dec. 5, Chris Bible pulled up beside something he never expected: 77-year-old Shirley Purnell was stranded on the side of the road.{}

"She's on the street corner, dead wheelchair," said Chris Bible, owner of The Peanut Dude boiled peanut stand. "I could see this lady, who I didn't know at the time, sitting in her chair, groceries on her back, all by herself."

A police officer was trying to assist Purnell, whose wheelchair batteries had died.

"As the cop does her thing, Mrs. Shirley just looks down like this," said Bible has he dropped his head into his hand. "I said to myself 'You know what baby? Not on my watch!' We're not going to let her dignity be robbed right here, right now."

Bible pulled over in his truck and offered to give Purnell and her wheelchair a ride home.

On the ride over, Bible found out more about Purnell and her life.

Purnell is a widow, partially handicapped, diabetic, has osteoporosis, arthritis and gout. On top of all of that, she can't afford to replace the batteries on her wheelchair.

Two batteries cost around $200.

"It's difficult," Purnell said. "It hurts when I first get up in the morning."

After learning more about Purnell, Bible decided to raise money and buy new batteries for her wheelchair.

Bible posted a picture of him and Purnell on his company's Facebook page and asked his customers to donate on her behalf.

"One of our friends told us about what The Peanut Dude is doing," said Beth Palmer, a customer. "It's important to give back to your community and he's facilitating that. So, we just wanted to support it."

In one day, Bible and his customers raised $402, enough money to pay for Purnell's batteries and gift her some extra cash.

"I was very surprised and I am grateful that he helped me but, I didn't know that all of this was going to happen," said Purnell.

Bible personally installed Purnell's batteries and delivered the money to her home.

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