HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.— Ed Winters isn’t afraid of a little rust.
“This is all rust here,” he says as he works in his garage on an upside down bike.
“We just take the steel wool and start polishing this kid,” he says.
Winters is a working Santa, making Christmas magic for kids in need. His bike ministry began in his Huntersville garage with three bikes.
He wanted to do better than that this year. So Winters made some calls, put up flyers, knocked on doors. He can still remember when a friend called him with seven bikes.
“I almost crashed my car on the way home I was so excited,” he said.
Now there are 40 bikes in Winter’s garage and shed, in every size and color.
“I think I got nine here, and three on the wall over there and five or six over there,” he said pointing to bikes in his backyard shed.
“When you find one with a tire that’s bald in the back, you know the brakes work,” he laughs.
Winter will line the bikes up on Christmas Eve at the Huntersville Soup Kitchen and a party for the Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen.
“There’s not going to be a better Christmas than this one here,” he says.
There are already plans for the lucky children who will get the bikes. But Winter would love to continue his work.
If you’d like to learn more you can call Winter directly at 704-859-4620 or bring donated items to Independence Hill Baptist Church at 10220 Eastfield Road in Huntersville.