CICERO, Ind. – The Cicero community came together this week to surprise a man working hard to make ends meet.
It all started on Tuesday when Cicero resident Chris Ringer started talking with an employee named Jon at the Marathon gas station. Jon mentioned to Chris that after finishing his shift at the gas station, he walks to his second job at Meijer. It takes him about an hour to walk to work, but his wife uses the only car they have to get to her job.
After hearing Jon’s story, Chris reached out to the Cicero community via the Facebook group Cicero Indiana garage sales. Chris asked if anyone had a spare bike in their garage that they would be willing to donate to Jon.
Justin Collar saw the Facebook post and said that he repairs bikes and would be willing to fix up a bike for Jon if there was one available.
Cicero resident Nathan Huffman offered up his spare bike to Jon, but it needed a lot of work.
Justin drove to Nathan’s house to pick it up. The bike needed new tires and new brakes.
Justin found new tires at Walmart for $40. Justin told the Facebook group about the cost, and about 20 people commented willing to donate money to help.
Justin drove around for about six hours on Wednesday collecting donations. When he finished, he realized he collected enough money to buy Jon a new bike!
Justin purchased a new bike, a bike lock, and a gift card for Jon with all of the donations. Justin delivered everything to Jon this morning, and he says Jon was awestruck.
Justin said he wanted to help Jon because Jon was doing everything he could to make ends meet. “It wasn’t like he was trying to get something from anyone, he was just like ‘I gotta walk to work and that’s what I have to do,’” said Justin.
“It’s been a blessing to be able to be the deliverer. It’s definitely been a humbling situation,” said Justin.
Justin says the experience inspired him to create a Facebook page called Hamilton County RACK, which stands for random acts of caring and kindness. Justin hopes the page will inspire more random acts of kindness.