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Aiken veteran will sell customized wheelchair for Bikes 4 Vets charity

March 9, 2019

Mike Jones, the president of Bikes 4 Vets, owns a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but lately he’s been working on a different set of wheels.

Jones said a Marine veteran recently dropped off a motorized wheelchair at Headliners N’ More on Richland Avenue, where he works installing automobile headliners, custom vehicle upholstery and heavy fabric repair, among other things.

“It was just a plain Jane gray material with dead batteries,” Jones said. “The fenders were all scratched, too.”

Jones, with the help of Carolina Embroidery in Aiken and Mike’s Hydro Shop, transformed the wheelchair into an all-American themed ride. The wheelchair, with new upholstery, fenders, and batteries, now looks brand new and sports a uniquely customized red, white and blue theme.

Jones, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, put a lot of effort into the chair and is “very proud” of how it turned out. He plans on selling it and donating the proceeds to Bikes 4 Vets, a local charity organization dedicated to assisting veterans in need in Aiken County.

“We’ll be able to raise more money for vets if we sell it and donate the money, rather than just giving the chair away,” Jones said. “Giving the chair away would only help one vet, but this way we’d be able to help several. All that money will go to vets in need. We don’t keep any for ourselves.”

For inquiries about the motorized wheelchair, contact Mike Jones at Headliners N’ More at 803-270-7715.