By Libby Rosequist
Eric Garfield, a senior at North East High School, has been restoring previously owned bikes for his Eagle Award project for Boy Scouts. Garfield has been a scout for Troop 57 with Scout Master John Hallenburg for seven years and this is the highest achievement he has worked for.
“I have enjoyed my time as a Boy Scout, my troop members are my friends and we all share similar interests,” Garfield said. “My Eagle Award project is the biggest one yet and it is my opportunity to show what I have learned in my time as a Boy Scout and be able to give back to my community.”
The restored bikes will be available for kids in need, 18 and under, on Saturday, July 11, from noon to 2 p.m. at Park United Methodist Church.
Garfield has restored 50 bikes with a total of about 100 hours of work and help he received from others. The remaining 40 bikes will be available this weekend and all bikes are free.
“Eric has been a pleasure to have in our troop,” Hallenburg, Troop 57 Scout Master, said. “He has dedicated so much time to this project to make sure the bikes are in the best shape so he can help those in need of a bike. Eric has definitely gone above and beyond for his Eagle Award.”
Many of the bikes were donated from family and friends and Garfield even put an ad out for unwanted or unused bikes to make sure he had enough to give away and make an impact on the community.
The bikes received basic maintenance, including brake repair, tires, brake pads and cosmetic cleaning.
“As his mom I am so proud of him and his dedication to his troop and the Boy Scouts but for his Eagle Project as well,” Melissa Garfield said. “He has enjoyed this entire project from start to finish and I cannot wait to see the turnout this Saturday.”
The bikes are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Those coming must maintain social distancing and wear a mask upon arrival.