Like others looking forward to post-Christmas sales, Richard Pfost plans to do plenty of bargain buying.
But for Pfost, this shopping spree will be different. A quadriplegic who lost his home and all his possessions during a fire in September, Pfost returned to his rebuilt--but empty--Irvine apartment just in time for Christmas.
"It wasn't quite as happy as it was last year," Pfost said of his holiday. But the 48-year-old Irvine Valley College student said the fire has made him realize that he's "blessed" with friends. Those friends--students, faculty and others--donated about $15,000 after the Sept. 9 arson fire destroyed the apartment, which is especially equipped to meet his needs.
Until Dec. 19, Pfost, who was paralyzed in a 1981 truck collision, and his live-in aide were guests of the Irvine Hilton Hotel, a donation from the hotel and the Irvine Co. Until the suites were made available in October, Pfost had to stay at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach for lack of a better place equipped to meet his needs.