Bob “The Bikeman” honored in Holyoke for gifts to children in need

Hampden County

Special Recognition Monday night for Bob “The Bikeman” Charland.

The Holyoke School committee honored Charland for his gifts to children in need in Holyoke.

Charland has rebuilt and donated bikes and filled backpacks with much-needed supplies for the kids ahead of the holiday season.

He recalled the first time he donated to a school, and how it shaped his organization, Pedal-Thru Youth.

“Just knowing that we were able to brighten these children’s day…with a bicycle, and a helmet, and a bike lock, that made it all worth it for us,” Charland said. “That’s what made us decide to become a non-profit organization.”

December 17 has now been declared Bob “The Bikeman” Charland Day.

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