COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – Donating objects to unfold vacation cheer throughout the group is one thing one Columbus veteran has been doing for the previous 10 years.
Yearly Chester Jackson provides away bicycles to children throughout the Fountain Metropolis. His message for why he retains doing so is one thing that’ll contact everybody’s hearts.
“This began out of affection — pure love,” stated Jackson. “Once you see there’s something locally that’s lacking, step one is love.”
Jackson, who served within the Marines for 4 years, isn’t any stranger to serving the group. For the previous decade, he has given away a minimum of 8,500 bikes to youngsters in Columbus.
“Having someone like him in our group, I don’t need to surprise if it’s hitting the proper palms,” stated Jason McKenzie, proprietor of Experience On Bikes. “It’s one hundred pc going to the proper those that we want in our group.”
Regardless of the pandemic hitting in 2020, Jackson nonetheless went out of his method to make sure children obtained a minimum of one present final yr. Over time, Jackson says he’s obtained 1000’s of motorcycle donations from individuals in each Columbus and Phenix Metropolis.
“It’s not about me,” stated Jackson. “It’s about these youngsters. So we are able to make it occur as a unit.”
This yr, Jackson plans on persevering with the trouble with plans of making a gift of a whole lot of bikes on Dec. 11 between midday and three p.m. One bike might be given to households with youngsters ages three to 13 on a primary come, first-served foundation at his non-profit subsequent door to East Coast Physique Store.
Prior to now, youngsters obtained refurbished bikes donated by the group or from Experience on Bikes clients. Nevertheless, Jackson is asking for group donations so youngsters can get new bikes this yr.
“It is going to deliver the group collectively – even tighter than what it’s,” stated Jackson. “In the event you discover, Columbus is a stupendous metropolis.”
There may even be Christmas carols and pictures with Santa and everyone seems to be requested to put on a masks. Anybody donating can drop off their cash on the facility subsequent door to East Coast Physique Store.
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