POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - Members of one Region 8 community stepped up to help out a special needs boy after his bike had been stolen.
Several people in Poplar Bluff jumped into action after they found out what happened to 11-year-old Junior's customized bicycle.
Junior's mother, Latoya White, said his bike was stolen after someone cut the lock.
"These kids latch onto whatever they can that brings them joy, and for someone to steal that from him, it's like stealing his happiness," Michael Mizell said.
When Mizell heard what happened to Junior's bike, he decided he wanted to find a way to replace it.
"I drove to Cape [Girardeau] and purchased the bicycle," Mizell said.
After Mizell got the bike, he then gave it to another person to have it painted.
The bike was painted exactly like Junior's old bike in red and blue, the colors of his favorite superhero Spiderman.
Junior had no idea that his bike was even missing, so Mizell acted fast.
"I was determined not to tell him because I know what hurts him and makes him happy," White said.
Mizell gave Junior his new bike on Saturday.
"Thank you for loving my child enough to make sure his day was a good day and that he continues to get the exercise he needs on his bike," White said.
Others in the community raised money to get Junior safety equipment that he can use while he rides his bike.
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