ST. JOHN — Bike and Build offers everything that makes the United States great.
Where else can a young adult raise a minimum of $4,500, hop on a bicycle and make the world a better place one day at a time on a 3,500-mile journey across the country?
The bikers raise $600,000 each summer to benefit affordable housing across the country.
The 27 riders who stopped in St. John made that small Kansas town a better place. They started work shortly after sunrise and fashioned demolition magic at Gray’s Studio in St. John.
The volunteers were covered with dust and grime following a fun-filled demolition morning tearing out plaster.
Carolyn Dunn, Stafford County Economic Development director, was thankful for the volunteer assistance.
Samantha Seldon from Nashville, Tenn., wrote a perfect tribute for Bike and Build.
“Each pedal pushed, each nail hammered, and every dollar donated — culminates in measurable and significant change. From completing a cross-country bike trip to building a safe, secure home a family can rely on.
“I hope to appreciate all of the small steps (the pedals pushed, nails hammered, and dollars fundraised) while journeying toward the West Coast and contributing my small part to the cumulative effort of improving affordable housing across the country.”
Speaking of magic, how about St. John’s International Order of Odd Fellows Grand Lodge?
The property where the bikers hunkered down features a fully-equipped kitchen, plenty of gym space, showers and a laundry. Did we mention the indoor swimming pool?
What a beautiful facility.