Homeless Woman Replaces Boy's Stolen Bicycle, Inspires Others To Give

April 6, 2023

A homeless woman in Maine purchased a brand new bicycle for a child after learning that his was stolen.

The Rockland Police Department is calling her a superhero.

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Credit: Rockland Maine Police Department

According to the police department, the 3-year-old boy left his Spiderman bicycle outside of a store while he and his mother were shopping. When they came out of the store, his bicycle was gone.

A stranger, who asked to remain anonymous, saw their social media post and felt she just had to do something to help.

The department wrote:

"Last night, a superhero stopped by the Rockland Police Department and donated a BRAND NEW Spiderman bicycle, matching helmet and bike lock for our young victim! The hero wanted nothing in return, but in speaking to one of our officers, we learned a little about her own recent struggles that made this gesture even more heart felt.

The woman, who lives all the way in Oxford County, saw our post and felt as if she just had to do something to help. Unfortunately, she was recently forced to choose between making her rent or vehicle payment… Not wanting to default on the car loan, she is now currently unhoused and living out of her vehicle. Her own struggles did not deter the woman however; and she selflessly purchased a new bike, helmet and lock at a local Wal-Mart and made the drive to Rockland. The women's generosity was contagious and a clerk who heard what she was doing, gave her money to help pay for tolls."

In addition, the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition is collecting donations from anyone who would like to support the woman who made a difference in a little's boy life and inspired others in the process.

"Others have reached out asking how they can help or have sent us screen shots of children's bikes they have ordered on-line and shipped to the Rockland Police Department to be given out to kids in need," the department said.

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