Donald Lewis delights in bringing new life to objects that are in disrepair.
He volunteers at Friendship Park on Wednesday and Friday, the Loaves & Fishes maintenance shed on Tuesday and Thursday and then Tuesday and Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Bicycle Kitchen.
Donald has refurbished his 1970's era, 9 foot chopper cruiser bike himself. It has a radio with speakers attached to its handle.
A relative newcomer to Sacramento, he recently rode his chopper all the way to historic Folsom. Originally from Woodland, Colorado, he is enamored with Sacramento’s bike trails.
“I taught myself how to ride a bicycle when I was 7 years old and have been building and riding bicycles ever since,” Donald said.
He bikes to Loaves & Fishes from his home in Tahoe Park nearly every day.
Donald said the most important lesson, he has learned in life has been how to approach others with the desire to learn from them.
He knows intimately what it is like to be judged for his demeanor and physique rather than for his intellect or talent.
“People have a tendency to judge me because I stutter and walk with a limp” he said. “They don’t immediately notice my talents or intellect.”
“The Loaves & Fishes staff smile every time I show up – that makes me feel welcome because I feel like I am a part of their family,” he said.
“There are a lot of really good people at Loaves & Fishes that care for a lot of people here,” Donald said. “There are a lot of people with psych problems who would have nowhere else to go if it wasn’t for this community of people who care so much.”