A couple of weeks ago I contacted Katy about a bike repair stand she had for sale. She had sold the stand but I found out Katy was the Katy of Mama’s Board ‘n Bike in Buford, Ga. She was calling it quits after twenty years in the business and was selling the contents of her bike shop. Her reasons for getting out of the bike business wasn’t due to her lack of love of cycling but, instead, a desire to do something else.
I didn’t get the bike stand but she did have a lot of bike tools that I was looking for. I had a fairly hectic schedule, as did she at that time so I told her I’d call her back and make arrangements to look at the tools. Last week was the first opportunity I had so a week ago I got with her, purchased her tools and she threw in three bike racks that will hold about eighteen bikes. She knew the purchase was for the bike co-op my Church is starting so I offered her the opportunity to donate the tools for the charitable deduction or take the cash.
She opted for the cash. She is turning her store into a food and clothing charity and was using the proceeds of her sale to support her charity. I mentioned to one of the guys helping me set up the co-op who has a lot of contacts among charities what she was doing. He related how difficult it is to get a clothing charity to work because of the need of a store front. I told him she had a store front, her old bike shop.
At this point he got excited. Andy is all about serving people. He runs our church’s Angel Food program and is heavily involved with the Lawrenceville Food Co-op. “She has a store front! Put her in touch with me I can get her some help,” he said. It seems Buford has had a need that the people he volunteers with have been trying to fill for a while. Katy is about to fill that need and he wants to help her.