ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — At eight-years-old, Felix Ruch loves to ride his mountain bike, especially at the pump track at Wasena Park.
Every couple of weeks, he gets an allowance of $2 or $3.
“We like, get dressed and brush our teeth and make our bed,” said Felix.
“They remind me every couple of weeks that it’s payday,” joked his father, Jeremy Ruch.
However, Jeremy gave Felix some instructions on how to use his allowance.
“I could spend it, I could save up for something, or I could just give it to a donation,” Felix said.
“It helps to get in the habit of giving back and so we try to encourage that,” Jeremy explained.
Felix came up with an idea, with the help of his dad.
“Kind of telling him all that goes into the things he enjoys, the outdoors. It takes money, it takes thought,” said Jeremy.
Felix wrote a letter: “Dear Pete Eschelman, I enjoy mountain biking. I hope you can use this donation for fun things to do outside in Roanoke. Thanks for all you do. From, Felix.”
“It just kind of made my day, I mean, it really did,” said Pete Eshelman.
Eshelman is the director of Roanoke Outside, an organization dedicated to creating outdoor activities and programs in the region.
“It was one of those just dreary, dark out, rainy 37-degree days and I was just depressed, really and then I got this letter,” Eshelman said.
It included $10. It’s how Felix decided to donate his allowance.
“Because I like this place and I like mountain biking too,” explained Felix.
“We’re taking that $10 and we’re putting it towards the Morningside Bike Park project so we’re putting his $10 to work, building a better place for anybody that wants to ride a bike,” said Eshelman. “It’s exciting to see young Felix contribute to kind of changing the vibrancy of our community.”
To show his appreciation, he wanted to personally thank Felix. Eshelman gifted Felix a Roanoke Outside bike jersey.
“I’ve never had a bike jersey before in my life,” exclaimed Felix.
“Well, you deserve it. Thank you so much,” said Eshelman.
Felix didn’t expect to get recognized for his donation, but says he wants you to learn the same lesson he did.
“Donate money to something that you really like,” said Felix. “So they don’t like, lose their money and they can’t open the things that they wanna help with.”
Wise words from a kid on track to make a big difference with his small allowance.
You too can donate to the Morningside Bike Park Project by clicking here.