Students, community come together to fulfill wish for fallen Eagle Scout

Two weeks after a Higley high school student suddenly passed away, friends fulfilled the Eagle Scout project he nearly completed.

16-year-old Riggs Gibbons died of complications due to a heart defect. In a Fox 10 follow up, Nicole Garcia shows us how the community came together to carry out Riggs' final act of service.

Dozens of kids were hard at work spraying, soaping, scrubbing and drying, carrying out their friend's dream.

"I don't think he knew it was going to be this big," said Michael Vallecillos. "It'd probably make him really, really happy if he saw this. [it would] make his day probably."

Riggs Gibbons put this car wash fundraiser together for his Eagle Scout project. He wanted to collect donations of money and toys to give to kids and families staying at Cardon Children's Medical Center, a hardship Riggs knew firsthand.

All morning long, boxes were filled with new toys and cars kept coming, lining up to support the fallen Eagle Scout. One man drove all the way to Gilbert from Tempe for the cause.

"My thing is help others, you know…I turned to my wife and said do you want to go up there and help. She said yeah, so we drove all the way out to do that this morning," said Gary Jackson.

"I counted 23 in 30 minutes already," said Bryan Gibbons, Riggs' father. "We're looking probably about 100 cars by the time the 3 hours are up."

Riggs' father says he's pleasantly surprised. Not just by the amount of cars, but by the enthusiasm of the kids who came out to help.

"These cars are turning out better than I thought," said Gibbons. "There's like 20 kids on one car doing the Shammies. "I didn't think it'd turn out that great. Holy cow they're getting a great deal."

This is all more than the Gibbons family had imagined for their son.

"The gratitude in my heart for everybody… the donations, people coming out and helping with this project and funeral and viewing and all that this community is just great," said Gibbons.

The kids are hoping to raise several thousand dollars to donate to Cardon Children's Medical Center.
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