Sixth-grader receives much-needed wheelchair

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A Long Island sixth-grader received a much-needed wheelchair from Santa and some detectives in Freeport Wednesday.

Santa arrived with sirens and lights at the Caroline Atkinson School, bringing toys for kids and a wheelchair for 11-year-old Wesley Capellan-Peralta.

John Wighaus, of the Nassau County Detectives' Association, says the association, along with its charitable foundation, gave the gift to Wesley because he had a broken wheelchair and his family couldn't afford a new one.

Wesley tells News 12 that he was so excited to get rid of his old wheelchair because it was broken and the seat belts didn't work - and with this new chair, he could pop a wheelie.

"I believe in Santa now because he gave me everything that I wanted," he says.

Nassau County detectives discovered Wesley needed a wheelchair earlier this year. The $3,000 wheelchair was donated by a Port Washington company.

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