Springfield business donates bikes, scooters to local children

Springfield Public Schools Safe Routes to Schools coordinator Laughton Elliott-DeAngelis, left, and Fluent Mortgage owner Christopher Bettis helped get bikes, scooters, and helmets to local kids. PHOTO PROVIDED

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Downtown Springfield Business owner Christopher Bettis said he wanted to do something for the community he cares about so deeply.

Bettis, the owner of Fluent Mortgage at 12th and Main streets, reached out to City of Springfield Economic Development staff in April 2020 . . .