SPOKANE, Wash – It's a staple of summertime: riding a bike through the warm sunny air. Most of us have fond memories of riding a bicycle as a child, but a lot of families need a little help getting one.
That's where Jordan Parker comes in.
"There's nothing better in the world than seeing their face when I give them the bike," Parker told KHQ's Kelsey Watts. "They are so excited."
It all started about two months ago, when Parker's daughter had friends who didn't have bikes. He remembered how much it meant to him to have one as a child, so he started "Free Bikes For Tikes" right out of his garage in Spokane Valley.
With a few donations of broken bikes or miscellaneous parts, he fixes them up and gives them out – free of charge.
And his generosity is making a huge difference.
"He fixed my new bike that I got last Christmas," said 10-year-old Kori King. "And he gave my little brother a cool little red bike. The first time he saw it he looked so surprised."
7-year-old Ashlynn Miltenberger also got one.
"It was purple," she said smiling.
Already this summer, Parker has given out 35 bikes – but now, his demand is outrunning his supply. He says there are another 100 children from low-income families who want one, but he doesn't have the donations coming in to match.
"A lot of people think they have junk they think is garbage, but really, I can fix it and give it to a kid who can ride that bike for the next five years," Parker added.
To help, call 994-5975 or visit www.facebook.com/FreeBikesForTikes