Dr Oz: Bikes For Angels Organization
As Dr Oz shared, for some people, retirement is all about traveling the world or taking up a new hobby. For one man, it’s all about giving back. Rick Curley turned his retirement dream into a reality that brings smiles to children’s faces. Rick and his wife have a charity that gives out bikes to children in need. As of this year, they’ve given out 3,400 bikes. Rick started Bikes For Angels about seven years ago, when the school where he taught auto mechanics asked him to deliver gifts because he had a bright red truck.
Using his own money, Rick bought three bikes to add to those presents, which turned out to be just the right size for the kids he met that day. He took that as a sign that he needed to do something. He said giving kids a bike gives them freedom and gives them a reason to get up and get outside. It also lets them know that someone cares about them.
Rick got his whole family and students involved in raising money and building bikes. After Rick retired last year, he renewed his commitment to his community. He said he couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to continue to do what he’s been doing through his retirement.
Dr Oz: Retired Teacher Gives Bikes To Kids In Need
Dr Oz sat down with Rick and wife and Rick said that it was something he had wanted to do since he was a small child, and it’s grown into a community passion. When he gives a kid a bike, he “feels like my heart is going to come out of my chest.”
His wife said the first time their kids were involved in the charity, they were giving bikes to kids in a very poor neighborhood, and they were shocked. But since then, it’s turned into joy for them as well.
Rick said he hopes that in every community kids will learn to enjoy giving something away without expecting something in return. Dr Oz said he’s always inspired by people who give back to their community and he’s not the only one. Sports Authority was so impressed by Rick that they wanted to donate 50 Schwinn bikes so that he could continue giving back.