Two brothers were rewarded recently for their efforts to collect and fix more than 300 bikes to give to children in need.
Dr. Bret Gilsdorf and Dr. Roger Stevens of Dentistry by Design in Manhattan, gave their annual Good Deed Award to Jayson Brinkeroff, 10, and Jayden Brinkeroff, 8, of Manhattan.
The doctors gave the boys iPad Minis for their work.
With help from their grandpa Carl, Jayson and Jayden collected and repaired bicycles to donate to the Toys for Manhattan program.
According to the essay they submitted for the contest, the idea came when one of the boys found a bike in the trash and decided that with a little help, he could fix it up and give it to a child who didn’t have a bike.
They first set a goal of 100 bikes to donate, going to yard sales and taking bikes homes to replace the inner tubes, paint them or give them a coat of wax.
They said they worked closely with Judy Padgett, director of Toys for Manhattan, who gave them advice and tips on where to find bikes.
“Having done this we have learned it is good to give when you can, even if you have only a little to give, and share what you have with those who have less,” the boys wrote in their essay. “We had no idea how time-consuming this would turn out to be, but we very much enjoyed the time spent working together with our grandparents.”
They said their grandpa taught them to give back to the community and told them that “sometimes you do work because it needs done, not because you are getting paid.”