MISSION BEACH, Calif. — We first introduced you to Mike Minnick, his rescued dog Bixby, and Chicken Charlie back in August. Minnick is on a cross-country bike ride with Bixby to raise awareness and encourage support of animal rescues and shelters. This morning we learned that an integral part of this journey, Minnick’s cargo bike and everything with it — including Bixby’s favorite toy — had been stolen.
Minnick was obviously devastated and stranded in Mission Beach. He posted the following message and image on Facebook.
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“Someone has stolen our bike in Mission Beach and taken Chicken Charlie hostage. This is not a joke. Please share and help us find our bicycle. As of now, we are stranded and have to be out of where we’re staying by 11 a.m.”
At the suggestion of a friend, Minnick launched a Go Fund Me campaign in the hopes of raising much needed funds to provide him with a place to stay, replace his bike, and belongings, and get him back on the road to continue his mission. Nobody says it better than Minnick himself, his words are profound and inspiring.
Minnick is a man that has truly made a difference. He embarked on a selfless journey with an honest heart and a desire to truly change the lives of animals for the better. To have the very tool he uses (and everything along with it) stolen was indeed a crushing blow.
Yet, on this day we also saw the incredible happen. We’ve seen true, genuine, and inspiring kindness. One quick look at Minnick’s Go Fund Me Page will restore your faith in humanity. The response to his page has been nothing short of outstanding. Donations have flooded in, from people Minnick knows, and Facebook followers from around the world.
In only six hours Minnick has raised over $10,000 and the fund continues to grow. Those who can’t help financially have offered bikes, toys, crates, and whatever else Minnick might need to continue his journey. Minnick is grateful, posting updates as he can, still hopeful that the police and/or public will be able to assist in finding the location of his bike and all their belongings.