Veteran Gives Back.. One Bike At A Time
A retired veteran is giving back to kids in his community.. one bike at a time."When you get a tire and you can stick a wrench through it, I think it's worn out." Everett Tottress laughs. Despite having carpal tunnel syndrome, Tottress repairs bicycles and gives them to kids in need.He's been doing it now for more than 15 years.Tottress collects cans to pay for tire patches and other small repairs.But in addition, he also teaches the kids to repair the bikes themselves. Tottress says it makes a huge difference."A lot of kids don't have anybody around to show them how to fix a bicycle, repair it, or even give him one. So if I can make a young kid happy by giving him a bicycle or make him earn it by picking up trash or whatever, that's going to make that kid happy. He's going to remember that for the rest of his life."Tottress served in the Army for 22 years.