“The Bike Man” donates supplies for the homeless to Northampton Police

Hampshire County

We’ve gotten to know Bob “The Bike Man” Charland as the man who rebuilds bicycles and gives them to kids in need. But now he’s expanded his mission to include police and the homeless.

Instead of dropping off bikes, Charland dropped off nearly 50 bags of basic necessities to the State Police barracks in Northampton on Thursday.

Each bag contains items ranging from food to feminine products, and even stuffed animals for kids. Charland hopes the gesture will bridge the gap between law enforcement and the homeless.

“A lot of camps in the area have people who are homeless,” Trooper Adam Hakkarainen told 22News. “A lot of people who are walking the streets, that I think could really use this type of service.”

Each bag contains about $15 worth of products.

State Police will carry two bags in each cruiser, and hand them out as necessary.

This is the 9th police department that Charland has involved in this project. He started with the Connecticut State Police nearly eight months ago.

Last week, the Chicopee Police Department handed out 50 of these bags over the course of one week.

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