Monday, September 3, 2007
When Clayton Lillard was in the fifth grade, he saw a pair of bikes on top of a trash heap. Lillard had a bike, but he knew there were other kids in his San Antonio, Texas, community who didn't. So, instead of leaving them there, he fixed them up with the help of other neighborhood kids.
That year, Lillard teamed up with the local church's prison fellowship representative and radio station to repair 100 bikes and give them to kids whose parents were incarcerated at Christmas. The movement peddled so fast that it needed a name: Clayton's Backyard Crew. Over the last eight years, the crew has given out more than 900 bikes.
Lillard, now 18, has seen his impact with the community he established with the friends who help him work on the bikes and families who received them. "A mom with eight kids couldn't stop crying because she couldn't afford presents, much less a bike, and the kids were laughing and shouting with joy," Lillard says. That joy keeps Lillard going every year as the captain of his crew.
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