TROY — Keeping the wheels of kindness spinning, a local cycle shop is giving those in a need a lift.
Joyce and Dennis Ferguson, owners of the J & D Bicycles shop on Elm Street are taking gently used bicycles and putting them in the hands of riders in need.
The Fergusons have been donating their time to make minor repairs on the donated bicycles through the Mayor’s Bicyling Committee. The bicycles from the organization are donated by the Troy Police Department from their property room, which have been lost or turned into the police station. Those unclaimed bicycles are restored to working order, cleaned up and the Fergusons give them back to the community in need.
“We just felt like it should be a circle of life type of thing,” she said. “We can always find a home for donated bicycles that maybe just need a new tire or cable and get people out and going.”
Ferguson said they’ve donated approximately 25 bicycles to various organzations such as the Buckeye House and local women’s shelters for adults and children.
Ferguson share how they are continuing the tradition that was started at her father’s shop in Wapakoneta. The shop would take donations of bicycles, repair them and give them to children around Christmas time. The program was so popular, the shop had to use a lottery system to donate the bikes.
The Fergusons also will take donated bicycles from the general community. The bicycles need to be in good condition even if they need minor repairs to give to those in need.
If you have an adult or child’s bicycle that is in good condition, call Joyce and Dennis Ferguson at (937) 315-BIKE. The bicycle shop is located at 500 N. Elm St.
For more information, visit www.janddbicycles.com.