Local law enforcement, residents donate bikes to men in need
by Robert Joseph Baker | June 30, 2017 1:01 pm
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.”