Riley Hoffer dedicates Eagle Scout project to benefit ADAPT Shop

Local Boy Scout Riley Hoffer recently dedicated his Eagle Scout project to craft a fleet of wheelchairs for the ADAPT Shop.

According to a press release, the ADAPT Shop is one of several Easterseals disabilities services provided by Southwest Human Development and focuses on improving the development of young children.

The team’s specialists design and create mobility devices, custom seating, and more for young children with disabilities, according to the release, detailing how the shop features a collection of mobility devices that families borrow to determine what fits their children’s needs.

The release said that the mobility devices are expensive, which makes it difficult for the ADAPT Shop to meet the needs of Phoenix-area families.

The Horizon High School freshman, was informed about the ADAPT Shop and the work performed from his mom, the release said of how he wanted to help Phoenix families by building wheelchairs for children with mobility difficulties.

“I wanted to do something that was going to have a big and lasting impact,” said Riley in a prepared statement.

He went online and found blueprints for a wheelchair commonly used by young children and raised funds by hosting a “Polar Bear Plunge” party at his house.

Friends and family members donated money to jump in his ice-filled pool in December, the release described.

The release added how friends and family helped fellow Boy Scouts assemble wheelchairs. The scout was able to purchase necessary materials to create five wheelchairs to donate to the ADAPT Shop by using the Polar Bear Plunge funds.

Several local stores also donated materials to help with the project, said the release. With the help of the donated materials, Riley came under budget and was able to donate the remainder of the money, almost $1,400, to the ADAPT Shop.

Learn more about the ADAPT Shop and how to help: swhd.org/ADAPT.

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