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Bristol man's Facebook post seeking bikes gets overwhelming response

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12-year-old Ryan Gauvin is able to enjoy the summer after he gets a brand new bike from a neighbor. (WFSB) 12-year-old Ryan Gauvin is able to enjoy the summer after he gets a brand new bike from a neighbor. (WFSB)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

A Bristol man is paying it forward, and a number of children are reaping the benefits.

It all started with a simple social media post by Wayne Kuharski on the Bristol Talks Facebook page.

"I met Ryan when I was working in the yard. He would ride his bike back and forth,” Kuharski said.

After learning 12-year-old Ryan Gauvin’s bike was stolen, and that he couldn’t afford a new one, he reached out on social media, asking if anyone would be willing to donate a used bike.

The response was overwhelming.

“I thought maybe 10 to 12 people would write back to me, and we're looking at 700 Likes and 20-30 bikes were offered,” Kuharski said.

On Monday, Kuharski surprised Ryan with a brand new bike from someone who saw the post.

The young boy was so touched by the generosity and kindness of a neighbor that he was moved to tears.

"It meant that he really cared about me and was a true friend,” Gauvin said.

Kuharski said his work isn’t over. People have donated three more bikes that can be given to children like Ryan.

"It's just great to see him ride the bike so he can enjoy it for the summer,” Kuharski said.

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