Acts of Kindness
Thoughtful teen saves up money for 2 years to get friend the perfect wheelchair
When asked about the gesture Tanner said, “I just felt like I needed to do it and I wanted to do it.” And he went all out to do it. 🥰
Ma Fatima Garcia
04.28.23

When you’re in high school, you dream of buying the things that you want.

Some save up for gaming consoles, new shoes, or even a new phone, but one teen shocked everyone with his wishlist.

This is how Tanner Wilson went viral.

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Wilson, like many other teens his age, saved money to buy one thing he dreams of.

He had a part-time job at a local car mechanic shop, so he would use the money he made to cover his expenses, and then save the rest for the item he wanted to buy.

Wilson did this for over two years, and finally, had the money he needed.

He wasn’t saving money to buy something for himself, however.

He was saving for his best friend.

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His best friend is Brandon Qualls.

He’s a fellow high school student at the Caddo Hills High School.

Qualls uses a manual wheelchair to get around the school, and although he had been using this old model for many years, it was still challenging for him.

He would push his way down the halls, to the cafeteria, and to the function hall of the school.

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Seeing his best friend having a hard time navigating his old manual wheelchair, Wilson had a dream, and that is to buy Qualls a better wheelchair.

In an interview with THV 11, Qualls said that his hands would get tired of pushing himself. He would often take breaks before pushing his wheelchair again.

Without telling Qualls, Wilson concocted a plan.

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He vowed to work, save, and purchase an electric wheelchair.

The young man’s plan wasn’t easy.

He worked for two years, saving what he could for his best friend.

“He’s just been a really good friend, and I wanted to do him a favor,” he said in his interview. “I just felt like I needed to do it and I wanted to do it.”

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Can you imagine saving your money for two whole years?

It was quite a challenge.

But Wilson’s heart was dedicated and full of love for his best buddy. He wanted to buy him a wheelchair.

After two long years, Wilson finally had enough money to buy the wheelchair that he liked.

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Qualls recalled that day when Wilson went inside the classroom to surprise him.

“They came in and my face just blew up… crying everywhere… Just like ‘Wow, can’t believe he did that for me!’”

Qualls couldn’t believe it.

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In front of him was a customized electric wheelchair.

A gift from his best friend.

“It’s been my dream to just have one of these,” Qualls happily said. “And my dream came true.”

Ginger Wray, one of Qualls’ teachers, helped Wilson with the surprise.

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As soon as she discovered the surprise, she volunteered to customize her student’s new wheelchair.

It screamed “Qualls”.

It had flame decals, his name, and some beautiful orange stickers too.

“When he came by I said, ‘Brandon, you got to have some flames on there because you’re going to be buzzing down these halls in no time!’ So I went home and made him some flames,” teacher Wray said to THV 11.

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Wilson’s mom is exceptionally proud of her son.

She always knew he has a kind heart and would love to help his fellow students.

According to Wilson, all his hard work paid off when he saw how happy Qualls was when he saw the wheelchair.

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He said he’d do it all over again and that it was all worth it.

Aren’t these boys amazing? Hear them tell their full story in the interview below!

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