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Man surprised with new tricycle after heartbreak

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One week ago, we introduced you to Gilbert Ackaret. He was recently hit by a car, leaving his beloved tricycle destroyed. Once we told you about Gilbert's heartbreak, our community stepped up big.

"It upset me," Gilbert said about the crash. "It very upset me."

Because a tricycle is Gilbert's life line to lead the independent lifestyle he loves.

"I help people, I clean," he said. "I sell apples."

He needs his tricycle to work. He said after the crash he was taken to the hospital to be checked out. He says the real pain began when he was told his tricycle was a mangled mess.

Roger at Shacktown Community Bike Shop didn't let Gilbert stay down for long.

"We just want to help everyone we can," he said.

And help he did. He found the perfect tricycle for Gilbert and on Thursday, Hayley delivered it to him. He was screaming "yay" before we could even park.

"Yee hee," he said. "Nice."

A viewer also donated a helmet, lights and gloves to Gilbert. He says this is the best day he's had in a very long time.

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