EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) – After reporting two of their three-wheel bikes were stolen Tuesday, Sycamore Services has received two donated bicycles to replace the ones that were stolen.
Sycamore Services director Michelle Kirk says she was disappointed when the bikes were stolen, as they are a valuable tool for getting people with disabilities outside and building new skills. Kirk says the bikes are especially useful for people who may not be able to ride a bike or are scared to.
One was donated from Bid EVV, and another was donated from Patchwork Central. Peter Emery from Patchwork Central says it was by the grace of God that he found out about the story, adding it’s not about him but rather the wonderful opportunity he had to give back to others.
Bid EVV employee John Freeman says they come across all sorts of items by the nature of their liquidation business, including tricycles like the ones Sycamore Services need. Freeman also says they found one that worked for the non-profit organization and put it together for them.
But new bikes weren’t the only things the Evansville community donated to Sycamore Services. Former Evansville Police officer Richard H. Johnson came across the story from his wife, who recommended that he give back. After hearing the costs involved for the bikes and for keeping them secure, Johnson says he cut Sycamore Services a $5,000 check for whatever the organization needs.
Kirk announced the donation of both bikes on Facebook. Kirk also says a GoFundMe has been created to help build a shed to prevent the bikes from being stolen again. While the original bikes have not been found, Kirk is grateful the bikes were donated.
(This story was originally published on April 24, 2021)