HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – With the help of police in Holyoke, as well as Massachusetts and Connecticut state troopers, Bob Charland delivered 30 bikes to students at the Morgan school in Holyoke.
“First I was nervous, cause I thought I wouldn’t get it but now I’m happy because I get to have a bike and I can ride it with my parents because they have bikes and it will be fun,” said Yasani Thmpson, a student at the school.
With the help of police officers, Bob Charland gave 30 students bicycles, helmets, and a safety lesson. Home-room teachers selected the thirty kids for being well-behaved.
One mom said she had no idea all of the kids would be leaving with a new set of wheels.
“I was very surprised, I thought it was a raffle so I told her, it’s okay if you don’t get a bike, like if other students, you know we’ll figure it out. So when I saw that every student got a bike, I thought that was amazing, See that like doing the right thing still gets them a reward,” said Yaraliz Soto.
Bob refurbishes bikes and brings them to students in need throughout the Pioneer Valley. For him, it’s a way to show people one person can make a difference.
“I think every day everybody says they see people struggling, they see people suffering and they say they want to do something but they really don’t. I just want to show people that it really doesn’t take much, it’s a simple effort to go out and make a difference in somebody’s life,” said Bob Charland.
Bob has also been giving police bags filled with items for homeless people. The cops keep the bags in their cruisers.