From A Stolen Bike To A Stranger’s Gift

In May 2018, 8-year-old Jordan Cox had his bike stolen from his home.  His mother, Jayme, did all that she could to try to find it.

“I posted online that the bike was missing,” Jayme said.  “I was going to the neighbors’ houses.  Nobody knew anything about it.”

Jayme wrote on Facebook that she just wanted the bike to be returned – no questions asked.  When she received a private response from a woman she did not know, she wasn’t sure what to think.

The woman, Jenn Ritchie, expressed sympathy for the stolen bike and asked if Jayme had found it.

“I said I haven’t found it, but I just want it returned with no questions asked,” Jayme said.

About two hours later, Jenn sent a photo of a bike to Jayme to confirm whether it was the same type of bike.  Jayme confirmed that the bike in the photo was identical to the one that was stolen.

Jenn was curious as to what was going on, but she didn’t expect to receive a photo of a Walmart receipt.

Jenn had purchased a brand new identical bike for Jordan and delivered it to Jayme’s workplace that same day.

“I just wanted to let you know that good people still exist,” Jenn told her.

“At first I was like, ‘You’re joking.’  I didn’t believe it until I heard her rolling the bike down the hall towards my office,” Jayme said.  “I thought this is the woman I don’t know who bought Jordan this bike.  I looked up, and it was her smiling.”

Now at 9 years old, Jordan still celebrates having a bike and the kindness that was shown to him by a stranger.  The memory of the unexpected gift is still a shock to his mother at times.

“It was months ago, and I still don’t believe it,” Jayme said.

Jayme and Jenn have continued to communicate since then and are still in contact to this day.

“People and angels; they’re out there,” Jayme said.  “This kind of deed of a stranger has lifted my son’s spirits in a time of despair.”