Local law enforcement, residents donate bikes to men in need

by | June 30, 2017 1:01 pm

Jeffrey Puckett stands with a new bicycle given to him through donations to the Manning Police Department from law enforcement officers and like-minded residents. Puckett's own bicycle, which he uses to get back and forth to two separate jobs, was stolen early Friday morning. He received the donation of a new bicycle Friday morning, but felt that he had a friend who needed it more than he did.

Jeffrey Puckett woke up Friday morning to find his bicycle missing.
The one thing he depended on to get to and from work at both Porter Jack’s and cutting grass for the Disabilities and Special Needs Board had been stolen.
“Elizabeth (Briley) put a message out on Facebook looking for help for Puckett,” said Cpl. Sean Briley with the Manning Police Department.
Someone came through rather quickly and donated a bicycle to the young man. But he decided to pay it forward.
“I knew another person who needed it more than I did,” said Puckett. “He’s a a lot older than I am, and his bike got to falling apart on him. He needed it more than I did.”
But still, Puckett was without a bike. He had saved for several weeks to purchase the one that was stolen.
“I had another one that was hit by a car,” he said.
“He uses that bike to get back and forth,” said Briley. “We were touched with him paying it forward.”
Someone came through and donated $100 after the initial donation of the first bicycle. Briley and his fellow law enforcement officers put some more funds together and purchased another bicycle for Puckett.
“It feels good to give to others,” he said. “There’s some people less fortunate than I am.”

comments » 1

  1. Comment by Pastor Myra Pearson

    July 1, 2017 at 19:59

    What a blessing young man. May you continue to be bless. It is a blessing to give.

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