For a teenager, getting your bike stolen is a terrible feeling.

Getting your bike stolen from right in front of your house is even worse. Especially when it's a nearly $300 specialty bike.

That's exactly what happened to an Ocean Gate teen.

What happened next though is what makes our Ocean County communities so special.

Like anybody would, the family posted a photo of a similar bike to a local Facebook group and simply asked the members to reach out if they'd seen it.

Behind the scenes, a group of locals mobilized, lead by Anita Morris at the local Keller Williams Real Estate office, where they passed a hat around the office to take up a collection to replace the bike.

And that's exactly what they did.

Joined by Ocean Gate Mayor Paul Kennedy and Ocean Gate Police Detective Steven Shan, the Keller Williams crew put a bow on the brand new bike and delivered it:

Photo provided by Anita Morris
Photo provided by Anita Morris

The teen's mother said that the gesture, "touched his heart, and ours as well".

It's stories like this that really show what great communities and what generous neighbors we have here in Ocean County!


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