Local Eagle Scout Candidate Completes Poke 'N' Peek Project

Tyler Magoon and a small cadre of helpers arrived at the Poke ‘N’ Peek Thrift Shop early on Saturday, January 25.

Tyler’s goal was not only to complete his final project to become an Eagle Scout, but also to help the Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary cover an open-air structure to protect the building’s interior from wind, rain and snow.

And according to the Poke’s volunteers, Tyler can now declare his mission accomplished!

“We feel this young man, Tyler Magoon, deserves recognition for his wonderful work in completing his Eagle Scout project,” said Susan Glenn, who helps supervise volunteers at the second-hand store.

Glenn said tarps, which had been placed to protect the previous structure, were shredded from the high winds that can sweep down from Winnemucca Mountain, leaving the structure nearly unusable.

Tyler used roofing metal to cover the structure, thrilling volunteers who can now use the interior as additional space to display items for sale. All materials used for the project were donated by Humboldt County resident Kyle Noyes.

Additionally, Tyler’s volunteer squad included his parents, Harold and Daniele Magoon, brother Ryan Magoon, grandfather Dan Tompkins, and friends and co-scouts Ryan Andrews, JC O’Neil, Coby Buxton and Matthew Hedges.

Glenn said she and others were surprised and delighted at the young man’s desire to help meet their needs.

“We are an all-volunteer organization,” she said. “We understand what it means to give of our time and talents to help others. But to have this young man come and offer the same to us was simply heart-lifting.”

She added, “We can’t tell you how excited we were to have Tyler’s help to complete this project.”

The Poke & Peek is the sole source of income for the Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary, an all-volunteer organization distinguished by members' pink coats.

The “pink ladies and gentlemen” provide service in the various departments at Humboldt General Hospital as well as at the Poke ‘N’ Peek where volunteers sort, price, display and sell clothing, toys, books and household items.

With its profits from the thrift shop, the Auxiliary has been able to purchase equipment nearly $3 million in equipment for Humboldt General Hospital since 1968.

Plus, the Poke ‘N’ Peek donates clothing and other goods during emergencies, such as fires and auto wrecks, as well as aids the Winnemucca Ministerial Association by providing clothing and household items to the needy. Volunteers also donate clothing to long-term care residents and newborns at Humboldt General Hospital.

The Poke ‘N’ Peek Thrift Shop is located at 3200 Bengochea Circle in Sage Heights. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Donations are gladly accepted during the store's hours of operation; a donation drop box is also located on the south side of the building.