Skateboarder who helped save ‘Gifts for Skateboards’ gets a big gift from the government

Gift for skateboarding is one of the big-ticket items for many people.

But it’s a gift from a government agency.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it’ll pay for the delivery of a gift basket to a retired skater from the Boston area.

John McManus, 74, is a retired airline pilot who retired in 2003 after retiring from the military.

He’s survived the Vietnam War, two world wars and five cold-case anthrax attacks.

“We have a lot of folks who’ve been with us over the years who have a pretty good idea what it takes to run a business and run a family,” said Bill Hines, executive director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s gift division.

“They know what it means to be a true American and they know what’s best for our country.”

In this Oct. 30, 2012, file photo, a package of skates, boards and snowboards is shown at the Skate Center in San Francisco.

(AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon, File)A retired military officer with more than 25 years of experience, McManuses is among those who can use the gift of $1,000.

He and his wife have been skating together for the past decade.

“I feel blessed to be able to say that I’ve helped to put together the best gift ever,” McManns said.

“It’s not something I have anything to show for it, but it does mean a lot to me.”

McManus and his family are planning a visit to the United Kingdom next month.

He said the trip will be for two days only.

“If you want to give, give to yourself,” McMasso said.