are listening to them. By your actions you are hopeful that something sticks. I know things definitely stuck with me,” Dad tells me. Rick knows he’s found his calling in retirement, which he promises is not far off. He’s insulated the garage so he can work comfortably outside during brutal Minnesota winters and even sold his fishing boat to make even more room and more time to devote to the annual sale. He credits the amazing growth to Greg’s commitment to fix any problem and Randy’s unstoppable energy and networking. “His mind never rests; he’s constantly making us better,” said Rick. “I’m always afraid another nonprofit will snag him away from me.” The bikes are already coming in for the 2019 sale. The high-end donations include fullsuspension mountain bikes, ultra-light $700plus new Trek and Specialized road bikes, and even a recumbent which they recently sold online for $3,500. With the final young child
“THE WHOLE POINT IS TO LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU CARE, THAT THEY HAVE VALUE TO YOU AND THAT YOU ARE LISTENING TO THEM."
in the family of six already midway through high school, Rick’s 10 years as a mentor with the same family will be coming to a close soon. He hopes that through the sale he can find a few people who like to tinker, whether young or old, and teach them how to fix bikes, much like Russell Godfredson did for him. As I hang up the phone on a recent call with Dad, he tells me he bought two classic-looking banana-seat bikes at a garage sale for $1 each and that he could easily get $50 to $65 for them. I can sense the excitement in his voice and how incredibly rewarding this is for him. He also lets me know of another $1 spent on a brand new fiberglass mop bucket and mop, perfect for cleaning up the shop area. A few more items saved from the landfill and put to good use. Keep up the good work, Dad.
July 2018 Sandpoint Living Local