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Disabled Boise man refurbishes bicycles as way of giving back

He fixes bikes and gives them to kids in need.
Posted: 9:24 PM, Apr 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-22 20:29:29-04

BOISE, Idaho — Kelly Gregory was telling me he works on bikes in his living room most days of the week when a couple a visitors interrupted our interview.

"I'll let you know when it's ready," said Gregory, to the pair of neighborhood kids.

They came to check on the progress of their future bike; one someone had given the man after seeing his posts like the one currently on the Nextdoor App.

"You want it blue? I'll see what I can do on blue," said Gregory.

The disabled Boise native says he doesn't have much.

"I've really never been rich."

But what he does have, he works with.

"Yeah I don't use machines. I do everything by hand... I guess it makes me feel rich I guess."

He says he can owe his handiness to years that he spent in the U.S. Army.

"You just get in there and do it. And if you don't, you just, you just-- do the best you can."

He says his time in the Army was cut short when he was honorably discharged during Desert Storm.

"My wife, she passed away from brain aneurysm, and at the time my daughter was five years old, um... so I became a single parent."

And even though he's not serving our country now, he's still serving. Just on a much smaller scale.

"Sometimes there's kids out there that have never had a bike... a bike is kind of like their first freedom."

And when his friends suggest he charge for his service, he says he tells them this:

"It makes my heart happy I guess, ya know? It's-- we're supposed to do it... God always gives us little gifts, ya know, to help. And I guess this is my way of helping."

For those interested in donating bikes or work space, Gregory says to email him at vikingbikeguy53@gmail.com.