Army Veteran Dies Delivering Bikes for Children in Need

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According to his family, an Army veteran who was able to reclaim his life through giving back to others was killed while driving to deliver free bicycles in Florida to children affected by Hurricane Ian.

Steven Pringle, 57 years old, was the founder of Build a Bicycle Therapy in Michigan and Rolling Wheels. According to the, he was driving a pickup truck full of bikes when he crashed in Punta Gorda Florida last month. Detroit Free Press.

He was going through an intersection where a stop sign had been blown away by the fierce September storm, his family said, and was hit by an oncoming car.

Pringle was a bike program director for rehabilitation prisoners and persons with disabilities. According to a, Pringle donated bicycles for children in foster care, churches, and domestic violence survivors. GoFundMe pageHis children established it. 

Pringle joined the Army in 1980 and served in Lebanon in that time, he said to the Free Press in an account published not long after his death.

After his return to the Upper Peninsula, they sold cars and once owned their own lot.

But he fell on hard times, he told the paper, and he lost everything.

He had been living in a camping tent when he got the idea to use bicycles to help others.

His first efforts were to help veterans in need. He then opened his own bike shop. His business grew even though he gave away many of his bikes.

“I’ve had people in the beginning who told me, ‘You donate too much,’”He spoke to the paper. “But the more we donate, the more that comes back at the end of the day. I don’t need money. What am I gonna do with it, collect it and save it?”

His daughter, Torri Pringle, said her father found hope through his deep and abiding faith.

“He went through a lot of things in his life and he had seen a lot of things, and I think at some point he really found God and really felt like God was with him in everything he did, and he really wanted to do as much good as he could,” Pringle told the Free Press. “I think it really just made him happy.”

His children created a fundraising site and pledged to carry on his legacy of giving.

“As his children, we want his name and charity work to live on. We are hoping to continue his charity work for as long as possible and raise funds yearly in his honor. All donations will be used for his services and to purchase bikes for those in need.”

 

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