Hand-me down bikes helping homelessUPDATED 2:38 AM HST Jul 05, 2014Video Transcript
IT'S A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO SAVE LIVES .. AND GIVES PEOPLE A SECOND CHANCE AT A QUALITY LIFE. BUT TONIGHT, ORGANIZERS NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP IT GOING. HERE'S K-O-C-O'S KATY BLAKEY. THE PAINT IS FADED. THE HANDLE-BARS WORN. YET THIS DISCARDED BIKE IS A NEW START FOR JACK JOHNSON. CLIP 5/Jack Johnson, Homeless Veteran 13:25 I have teenage kids and I wanted to get back into their lives and this is going to help me out. 13:32 A HOMELESS VIETNAM VETERAN -- THESE WHEELS WILL GET JACK "TO-AND-FROM" WORK... ON THE PATH TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM. CLIP 41/Larry Batten, Chain Reaction Ministries 43:39 This is what it's all about. This is why we have this ministry. :41 LARRY BATTEN OVERSEES "CHAIN REACTION MINISTRIES" AT FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH. THE PROGRAM CONNECTS THE HOMELESS WITH HAND-ME-DOWN BICYCLES. CLIP 41/Larry Batten, Chain Reaction Ministries We were homeless when we received our bikes and next week we're moving into our new home. This is our reward. This is my payment. IN JUST A SHORT TIME - THE GROUP HAS GIVEN AWAY MORE THAN THREE-HUNDRED BIKES. THE NEED SO OVERWHELMING, THE ORGANIZATION IS PLEADING FOR DONATIONS. MORE INCREDIBLE THOUGH, THAN THE DEMAND, IS THE REACTION... STARTING WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING UPSTAIRS. THIS HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM REHAB THE DONATED BIKES. RE-WORKING TIRES. REPLACING PARTS... CLIP 76/Bonnie Smith 12:25 The goal here is to get as many people a bicycle that need one. 12:28 THE SMITHS DO IT - BECAUSE SOMEONE DID IT FOR THEM. HOMELESS THEMSELVES.. THEY VOLUNTEER TWO DAYS A WEEK... WORKING WITHOUT PAY... TO PAY IT FORWARD. CLIP 76/Bonnie Smith 11:33 This is my way -- even being homeless -- by putting my time back into the community. 11:38 A PROGRAM THAT COMES FULL CIRCLE... PUTTING PEOPLE ON THE PATH TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM. KATY BLAKEY, KOCO FIVE NEWS. THE MINISTRY WORKS WITH "GOODWILL INDUSTRIES".. TO CONNECT HOMELESS VETERANS WITH "CHAIN REACTION MINISTRIES". TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO DONATE, GO TO K-O-C-O DOT COM.