Gulfport boy turns good fortune into gift for others

Gulfport boy turns good fortune into gift for others

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Lane Guthrie is back on two wheels like an 11 year old should be.

He had to deal with a lot of emotions after someone stole his Christmas bike in February.

"I was mad and disappointed; sad. Three reactions at once. I just felt terrible that somebody had stolen my bike," said Lane. "Somebody so heartless stealing a kid's bike."

To raise the money to buy a new bike, the pre-teen started a road side stand to sell hair bows.

"I told Lane to go out and sell some bows, and he could earn money toward his bike," said his mother, Annie Guthrie. "He said, 'I am going to put on my tie and button up shirt.' And I was like, that is perfect."

He doesn't make the bows, but he knows the inventory. Lane even made a fancy, pocket sized business card. A social media plea on a community Facebook page scored big time when Jeanne and Jimmy Moore - who live near-by in the College Park subdivision in Gulfport - saw the post.

"I looked at my wife, and we looked at each other, and I said, 'We should go over there – we're in the neighborhood - and I'll give him a donation," Jimmy said. "And she said, 'Let's go buy him a bicycle.'"

It wasn't just any bike: It was a carbon copy of the one that was stolen.

"I was thrilled," Lane said. "My mom said she wanted to turn down the offer out of pride, but I really wanted it and I was pleading with her to say yes."

Lane's appreciation and his personality made an impression.

"I have to say, this is the most polite young man I have ever met," Jeanne said.

His mother was overwhelmed.

"I was so touched that someone was willing to do that for my son. And, that his hard work was going to pay off," said Annie.

With a new bike and a $72 profit from sales, Lane decided to pay it forward to his school; Anniston Elementary.

"Seeing them give something to me - not only to me, but a stranger - inspired me to give something back to somebody else," said Lane.

"It's a great lesson in community," his mom added. "And that when you do something good for others, you keep the circle going. Keep the goodness going because if you don't, it's just going to fall apart."

Lane will officially present the money to his school on Monday.

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