Chase Fowler, a nine-year-old Munford Elementary School student, doesn’t really think it was a big deal.
When asked why he decided to give a mountain bike he won during a raffle to his friend, he said, “First off, he needed a bike, even though it’s worth like a $1,000.”
To Chase, it was just logical. To a lot of other people, it was incredibly charitable and nice.
The story has circulated through Twitter and Facebook and it has garnered a lot of praise.
“This is what community is all about,” Covington Mayor Justin Hanson said on Twitter.
Chase won the bike last Friday during a raffle at the grand opening of the Covington Bicycle Park and Playground. He had trouble filling out the ticket because it was so small. His grandmother, Candy Bailey, filled it out for him, put it in the box and Chase rode out on the bike trail.
When Bailey found out that Chase had won the bike, she tracked him down to deliver the good news.
Chase never even considered taking the bike for himself.
“He didn’t even hesitate,” Bailey said. “The guy said he could trade it in for a smaller bike his size, but he said, ‘I want to give it to Daniel.'”
Daniel Bridges, a 13-year-old student at Munford Middle School, used to ride with Chase and other kids in their Munford neighborhood. His old bike was broken and Chase knew that.
He gave the bike to Daniel over the weekend.
“He said thanks,” Chase said. “His face was surprised.”
Chase has not had a chance yet to ride with Daniel and his new bike, but he knows he’s enjoying it already.
“I looked out the window yesterday and saw him riding it,” Chase said. “I think he was having fun.”