Terminally ill Springfield man donates 40 bikes to children in Holyoke

The terminally ill man hopes his work will inspire others

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Bob “The Bike Man” Charland continued his mission of generosity Wednesday night, donating dozens of bikes to children in need and it was his birthday.

Instead of receiving gifts, he’s gave 40 bicycles to kids in need.

Charland brought dozens of bikes to the Lawrence Elementary School in Holyoke, donating bikes to children living with their families in homeless shelters.

Charland is terminally ill, but is spending what time he has left collecting and fixing bikes to give to children who wouldn’t otherwise have one.

Charland told 22News, he’s hoping to inspire people in the community.

“It’s amazing because now people are stepping up and really trying to help,” Charland said. “They’re doing more they’re donating more bikes, they’re coming by, they’re thanking me hundreds and hundreds of cards we’ve received over this. It’s bringing the community out to show that one person can make a change.”