Members of Grace Point Church step up to help one of their own
A day after her adult tricycle was stolen, Susan Hoiseth can pedal around her hometown of Albany once again.
The developmentally disabled 57-year-old was given a new tricycle on Thursday by Grace Point Church, where she attends services.
“I’m surprised. ... It’s not red anymore. It’s blue,” Hoiseth said.
The new color is just fine, she added, though the trike doesn’t yet have a mirror or bell like her old one.
Hoiseth has been going to Grace Point Church for nearly a decade.
“I just want to tell everybody thank you,” she said.
Pastor Don Bergland said when church members learned her bike was stolen, they immediately resolved to purchase her a new one.
“The tricycle gives her great joy. There’s a big smile on her face whenever she is riding it,” he said. “We’re very interested in taking care of Susan and we want to do what’s best for her.”
Yvonne Havill, Hoiseth’s sister, said she received calls Thursday from people wanting to help out.
“This is absolutely fantastic. We talk about all the evil that is in the world, but there are so many wonderful people out there who respond so well to something like this. Their hearts just open up,” Havill said.
Hoiseth’s tricycle was stolen Wednesday morning from outside Pop’s Branding Iron, one of her favorite places to eat.
Pedaling around is Hoiseth’s main form of transportation, and she enjoys riding to local restaurants and the Albany Public Library.
This is the second time one of Hoiseth’s trikes has been stolen.
Another tricycle was stolen from a developmentally disabled teenager in Albany in a case reported to police on March 1.
That tricycle was recovered by police and returned.