MUSWELLBROOK'S Lynda and Bruce Tunks' compassion has crossed borders as they have gifted life-altering equipment to a young, disabled girl from Adelaide.
Late last month, 13-year-old Jessica Armitstead, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had her $25,000 Tobii Eye Gaze (TEG) stolen from her family's wheelchair-converted vehicle.
The device is designed to help children with special needs communicate with friends and family, as well as provide entertainment through activities and games.
Just hours after their story went public, the aforementioned local couple sprang into action and contacted Jessica's mother, Natalie, to offer their TEG.
They still owned their device following the tragic passing of their grandson, eight-year-old Jaxon, last year, but were more than willing to donate it to the family in need over 1400 kilometres away.
Mrs Tunks said the story immediately caught her attention and didn't hesitate to reach out and offer help.
"I couldn't believe what I was reading, that this little girl had her Eye Gaze stolen from out of a disability van," she explained.
"Who does this stuff?
"I'd spoken to Bruce about a week earlier and said 'hey we have Jaxon's here and we're going to need to do something with it because we can't just let a device like that to go to waste'.
"And, I wanted to give it to somebody really deserving that needed it.
"I just thought that this was the perfect little girl to have it.
"So, I didn't think about it and replied straight away saying that I'd like to give it to them in Jaxon's name."
Mrs Tunks also revealed she has had an extremely emotional phone call with Mrs Armitstead since making the offer.
"She called me and asked how much I wanted for it," she stated.
"I explained I didn't want anything for it and that it was just a gift from Jaxon to Jessica.
"But, when we were talking it was like we were lifelong friends, we clicked straight away and she even joked that we were stuck with her now."
In a touching tribute, the Adelaide family has pledged to keep all of the games already installed on the device, to help keep the memory of Jaxon alive.
His face used to light up when using the computer, according to the local grandmother, who emphasised how crucial TEGs wre in these children's lives.
Jessica's father, Brett, came to collect it last Wednesday and couldn't thank the couple enough for what they were doing.
While they admit it was a bittersweet moment, as it felt like they were letting part of Jackson go too, they had no doubt it was the right decision after going on Facetime with the young girl and seeing exactly who's life they were changing.
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