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Making A Difference: Recovering Addicts Giving Bikes To Children

Posted at 6:27 PM, Apr 15, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– The Shepherd’s House is a drug treatment facility in Lexington and Danville. Their goal is to make sure that no child goes without a bike this summer.

Roger Fox is the program director at the Shepherd’s House.

“I came to the Shepherd’s House in 2015. I had just been released from prison, I’d burned all the bridges with my family,” said Fox.

The transformation Fox has made over the past five years is remarkable. He’s watched many others like himself achieve the same success.

“It taught me how to be accountable, it taught me how to be a good employee, it taught me how to be a good father,” he said.

Sadly, one of their own died of an overdose. It left Fox grieving for the child that person left behind. He wondered, who is going to teach that child how to ride a bike?

Inspired, Fox took action, collecting as many bikes as he could in a week.

“We loaded some up on to a trailer and drove around the city of Danville and just said, ‘hey do you have bicycles?’ And we said, ‘well you do now,’ and we just got to give these kids bicycles and that was amazing,” he said.

Fox and the men and women of the Shepherd’s House handed out 35 bikes to children in the community. This year, they hope to pass out 100 bikes. Showing children, those affected by addiction and not, that there is always someone who cares.

“We feel like this is our way to give back, and kind of pay our debt to society,” he said.

The Shepherd’s House is in need of 100 new bicycles by mid-June.

You can donate by clicking “donate” on the pinned post of the Shepherd’s House Facebook page here.

You can mail checks to the Lexington or Danville locations at 454 South Third Street, Danville, KY 40422, or 635 Maxwelton Court, Lexington, KY 40508.

If you have any questions, call 859-209-4242.