He might be legally blind and on oxygen but nothing keeps Ninnekah’s Popsicle Man from his daily rounds

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NINNEKAH, OKLAHOMA -- There are children in town who've grown up with the sound of a well used, plastic bike horn.

Ed Wright is the man who squeezes it every day.

"All you have to do is squeeze it and here they come," he says.

It's been close to a decade now since Ed bought a few popsicles to give the neighbor kids.

His rounds continued.

The number of kids on his list steadily grew.

"This kid wanted me to come to their house. Another kid wanted me to come to their house," says Wright. "So I just started riding around, honking my horn, and asking their parents if they could have a popsicle."

Every day now, in every season, Mr. Ed, or Poppy, or The Popsicle Man hands out free, frozen treats to any kid who happens to be outside.

"I've loved kids ever since I was a little kid myself," he states.

He raised six kids of his own.

Wright is legally blind.

He's on oxygen all time.

He can't even mow his own lawn, but he can do this.

"It's just something to do," says Ed, "It kills time. It gets boring sitting here. I have this talking book I listen to. That and riding around on that scooter is about the only occupation I've got."

People can set their clocks by when he'll show up.

"Every day at 4 o'clock," says one local mom. "The kids are waiting for The Popsicle Man."

Poppy leaves his house at 3:30PM sharp.

He's home by 5:00PM.

He can see just well enough to navigate the city streets.

Ed hardly ever misses a day.

"I don't like to, no," he says.

What started as a hobby has turned into a calling.

Ed Wright is The Popsicle Man to a generation of small town children who unknowingly provide purpose to a very generous and friendly guy just by answering the call of a funny sounding horn, and the promise of something sweet in return.

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