Mother of disabled child says replacement van, donated by community, has been vandalized
DENVER — Victoria Benade, who has a disabled child, had her minivan stolen and vandalized last week. Compassionate viewers helped her get a new one. Friday she told us that the new van has been vandalized too.
Benade, who lives in Jefferson County, first shared her story last week when she said her minivan was stolen.
“This is the van outfitted for my daughter Emily, who has Down Syndrome,” said Benade. “I use it for her medical appointments and for her brothers to get to school as well.”
Benade said she could have lost custody of Emily because without the van she would be unable to take Emily to doctors’ appointments and school.
Tuesday, Benade got her van back but found it has been seriously vandalized.
When FOX31 Denver aired Benade’s story, many people called the station wanting to help with free car repair offers and cash donations.
Larry Gieling saw our story and decided to donate a 2001 Honda that he was trying to sell.
“We thought Victoria needs it more than we need the money it might bring, so we decided to let another in the family of God to benefit from a car that served us well,” Gieling said.
However, Friday afternoon Benade emailed us to say “my new van has been vandalized.”
“I cannot tell you the sadness I saw on my children’s faces once more,” she said.
Benade said she contacted the sheriff’s department about the recent vandalism and is looking into putting a security system on it to deter future vandalism.AlertMe