A Bristol boy whose bike was stolen has a new bike thanks to a man who turned to Facebook for help and the many people who came forward with donations.
Wayne Kuharski, of Bristol, said he noticed a 12-year-old boy on his street who was riding an old bike that was falling apart. It had bald tires, no brakes and a loose chain, but the boy said he couldn’t afford a new bike.
Days later, the boy was walking when Kuharski saw him, so he asked the boy if the bike broke.
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It hadn’t, the boy said. Someone stole it.
Kuharski was moved to do something to help, so he turned to Facebook and asked fellow Bristol residents if anyone could spare a used bike.
He was overwhelmed by the response.
Within 24 hours, several bikes were donated -- used and new. But that wasn’t all. People also donated cash to pay for a helmet and bike lock.
"I also plan to fix up the other bikes I collected and I will be glad to donate those to anyone that needs a bike for a child," Kuharski said.
Then Kuharski made a special presentation and revealed the new bike.
The camera was recording as the boy thanked him for the bike and gave his neighbor a hug.
"He was quite thankful and happy at the same time. Even for 12, he got a little choked up, which made me know I made someone happy today,” Kuharski said.
He planned to buy a new helmet and bike lock this week.
“For all that helped in this and all the kind words, I thank everyone of you," Kuharski said.