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SPRINGETTSBURY TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, Pa. -- A man whose job it is to help others now finds himself on the receiving end of other people’s generosity.

Chris Veseth is a friendly and familiar face to many in the York area.

If you’ve ever been to the Lowe's in Springettsbury Township, you’ve probably met Veseth.

Store manager Jeff Devine said, "If they don't see Chris, they ask for him. 'Where are you at?' So they can find where their product, what they're looking for that day. He knows where everything is at in the store."

No matter what customers need, Veseth can point them in the right direction. But what he needs for himself is a new wheelchair.

Chris Veseth said his old wheelchair is "held together by some good old- fashioned Gorilla Tape, located down in aisle nine of our paint department."

While Veseth may be confined to a wheelchair physically, he certainly isn't mentally.

"I'm no different than anybody else. I just take one day at a time and (am) happy to get up, whether I'm working, or got the day off. Just happy to be out doing things, taking to people, just making the best of every day," Veseth said.

Veseth spends each day on the job helping others, so co-worker Dot Caloia decided now it was his turn. She set up a Go Fund Me account to get him a new set of wheels.

Caloia said, "I just said, 'Chris, I think I can set that up for you.' And so we did it last Thursday, not having any expectations for knowing what would happen, and we met our goal by 11 that evening."

He only needed $8,000, but the donations kept growing, surpassing $25,000.

"Been overwhelmed, it's so nice, and I really appreciate it," Veseth said.

"Chris has been with us about 17 years, and he deserves all the attention he gets based off this story," Devine said.

His specialty is lightbulbs, but Veseth seems to be the bright spot to nearly everyone who's met him, customers and coworkers alike.

"He's got a lot of things he could be unhappy about, but he just turns it all around, and does the right thing," Devine said.

"He has such a positive attitude, about his life, about his circumstances, he's really an inspiration to everyone," Caloia said.