Chippewa Falls boy donates locks after bike stolen

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- One local ten-year-old boy is turning an unfortunate situation into a positive experience, for the Chippewa Falls community.

A few weeks ago, ten-year-old Kadyn rode his bike to the library, but after forgetting to lock it up outside, it was stolen. Police later found his damaged bike, but now he's hoping to make sure that others won't go through what he did.

"I usually get chapter books, because I kind of really like the chapter books,” Kadyn said. Kadyn was in the library checking out books as normal. "Mostly every day, they're at the library, they ride their bikes here,” Kadyn’s mom, Tricia said.

But after leaving the library, his bike was missing. "It was kind of really rough that it was stolen,” Kadyn said.

But he quickly changed to a whole new mindset. "I was thinking that I don't want really anybody else to get their bike stolen because it was kind of really sad so I don't want it to happen to other people,” Kadyn said.

He then turned to his mom to help get something underway. "We kind of brainstormed and things like that and he says what about locks and I’m like, that’s perfect,” Tricia said.

Now instead of just checking out books, the Chippewa Falls Public Library is now checking out bike locks. "When he approached me about that, it was kind of like why we haven't done this before?" said Joe Niese, the library director.

Kadyn reached out to the community to help him raise the funds to supply bike locks and they responded. "Now I know that people will have a safe bike,” Kadyn said.

Now, everyone at the Chippewa falls public library now has access to a free bike lock, thanks to Kadyn. "I'm so proud of him for who he is his kind heart, his compassion to take something like a negative experience and turn it positive,” Tricia said.

Thanks to donations from a range of community members and local businesses, a total of 15 bike locks are available at the Chippewa Falls Public Library.

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