I got a call from a church lady a week ago.
She knew of a family of four in need. The father works all day washing dishes and they can barely make ends meet. He saves $1.50 from each check so that the wife can take the bus to the local food bank to get free food.
I don't know why the fellow isn't on welfare. He is just trying to do it on his own with two young boys and a wife. They live in a one room rented flat.
Anyway, the only transportation the whole family has is one old 10-speed bicycle. She said that it was in need of repair and asked if I could help.
Knowing that this fellow needed wheels, I brought him a loner so he could get to work while I repaired his bike. When I met the guy, I just knew I had to do my best for him. He was clean and doing his best - just having a hard time getting past a steep part of life, but doing his best.
I asked him if he would like some side-saddle baskets. Maybe not cool, but totally functional. He was delighted at the idea. The loaner I gave him had fenders. Oh boy, he liked that! "I hate getting that skunk stripe on my back when the roads are wet", he told me. I asked him if he would like some fenders. He was overjoyed.
The bike is going to take a lot of work. It needs new tires badly. I am going to guess that if I overhaul it, every hub and bearing will be groaning for some TLC.
I have to get this guy a light for his bike. I am thinking a generator light because the cost of batteries will be a burden to his family.
He needs a helmut too. A minor accident could really send his family into disaster.
If you folks can think of anything else I can do to help make this fellow's transportation safer, more reliable, more efficient, and more comfortable, please let me know.
If anybody wants to donate something, that would be nice too.