A bicycle legacy rides on at Horizon

Bill Craver donated bikes to the Toys for Tots program at Horizon Federal Credit Union, 1007 E. Third St. for eight years. In 2011, he knew it would be his last donation to the program, as he had terminal cancer.

With that last donation, Craver donated nine bicycles at the credit union and six at PennDOT’s collection site as he also had done for several years as an employee.

Horizon Federal Credit Union staff decided to continue the tradition of donating bicycles to the Toys for Tots campaign in memory of Craver.

Horizon CEO Traci Donahue contacted Craver’s son-in-law, John “Bug” Coffelt, for assistance with the endeavor.

While Horizon staff donated for the purchase of bikes, Coffelt and some of his coworkers assembled them.

Three bikes came from the Craver family, while eight were bought by the employees of Horizon and the last of the dozen by Barb and Jerry Wertz, friends of Horizon.

“We were very pleased to be able to continue this tradition in Bill’s memory,” Donahue said. “Each year we were always inspired when Bill appeared (like Santa) with his bicycles. We are hoping that with each year we can grow our donation from these twelve bikes to many more.”

In keeping with Craver’s tradition, State Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, was in attendance for the pick-up. “I was honored to join Horizon Federal Credit Union in Williamsport to deliver bicycles for needy children as part of the Toys for Tots Campaign,” Yaw said.

The pick-up was coordinated with Mike and Pat Dunlap of the Williamsport Detachment of the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots.