Reporter: James Gherardi
Danville, VA - A Boy Scout in Danville has decided to build the store a bus shelter for his Eagle Scout project. He broke ground on that shelter Monday morning.
Tyler McGaughey has volunteered at God's Storehouse since he was 12 years old, and to him, this shelter is far more than just a service project.
"I spend most of my time here, this is my second home. I had to come here and get eight hours for one of my ranks, they never told me when I had to stop coming," said McGaughey.
For McGaughey, building a bus shelter at God's Storehouse was a natural fit for his Eagle Scout Project.
"When he came to us and asked us if he could do this, it was like, 'You bet,'" said God's Storehouse Executive Director Karen Harris.
Storehouse employees say a bus shelter would be the perfect addition. The store's new location is on a bus route. Previously, the store's lower income and elderly clientele were forced to drive themselves, something that many still do. But some say a bus shelter would bring attention to an unknown asset.
"I think that probably will help to raise awareness, that we are on a bus route, and that's one way that they can reach us and not have to use their gas," said Harris. "This provides shelter from the wind, sun, rain, and the elements."
It's no small task. Eagle projects are required to be fully funded by donations, and so far McGaughey has raised just under $3,000.
"He has to go out and talk to people, meet people, older than he is, businesses, and things like that, that really puts pressure on him," said Ed Caviness, Tyler's Assistant Scoutmaster.
Another requirement is leadership. Everyday McGaughey manages a diverse team of scouts, friends and family.
"We're all just one big family working together. I just saw a need, and I wanted to fill the need," said McGaughey.
McGaughey still needs around $2,000 to complete his project. He hopes the shelter will be built sometime this summer.