Up to date Jan 13, 2021 12:20 AM EST
Potomac, Maryland — This previous April, Ric Jackson helped a neighbor who was searching for somebody to repair the brakes on his daughter’s bicycle.
“I fastened it up. He took it again. And she or he was thrilled and he was thrilled,” Jackson stated. “And it is simply mushroomed.”
The avid bicycle owner and retired mathematician has since fastened greater than 650 bikes for buddies, neighbors, even strangers.
He fees nothing for this labor of affection, however says he will get loads in return. Particularly the appears on kids’s faces after they see their outdated bikes remodeled.
When he appears at a motorcycle he says he sees “a factor of magnificence.”
“If you happen to clear off the grime from the tires, put new handgrips on,” he stated, “earlier than you recognize it, will probably be … one thing that can simply delight the center of some little lady someplace.”
One father despatched Jackson this textual content: “Thanks for the fantastic present in the present day. We had a fantastic daddy-daughter bike experience and she or he was all smiles.”
“That is the sort of factor that makes my day,” Jackson stated. “That is my reward.”
And through instances like these, there is likely to be no higher reward than the smile of a kid.
© 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.