Family Research Council

Building Bikes and Shaping Lives


By Tony Perkins
January 10, 2014

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At Beltline Bike Shop, they're peddling a different kind of outreach. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. When Tim and Becky O'Mara moved to a tough neighborhood in Atlanta, they didn't plan to start a ministry, but that changed when they noticed a little girl outside with a beat up bike. They made a deal with her that they would fix her bike, if she would help them around the house. The rest is history. The O'Mara's started collecting bikes and offering to let children earn them through community service. That was 2008. By 2010, the program was so big that the couple turned it into an official non-profit. Suddenly, the neighborhood was cleaner, friendlier, and kids were spending time with positive role models. Their slogan became "Building a community, one bike at a time." So far, so good. Kids have earned 257 bikes, repaired 2,744, picked up over 830 bags of trash, and it just goes to show that you don't have to reinvent the wheels to change lives, you just have to fill them.

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