This year we made our goal and gave 66 bicycles to children around the community. Recipients included Fowler Elementary, JJ Harris Elementary, Whitehead Elementary, CASA and more! Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped refurbish the bikes and we'll see you again in 2011 for next year's Holiday Bikes for Kids!
Got an old child-sized bicycle taking up space in the garage? Unclutter your life and support a great cause: BikeAthens' popular Bike Recycling Program is gearing up for the 8th annual Holiday Bikes for Kids project!
Bicycle donations are requested, and volunteers are needed to clean and repair children's bikes for giveaway during the holidays.
The Holiday Bikes for Kids project seeks to provide a happy holiday season to underprivileged youth by providing them with a quality, fully refurbished bicycle. Through the program, volunteers clean, polish and tune up donated youth bicycles. The refurbished bikes are then donated to local agencies and schools for distribution.
To ensure that as many bicycles as possible reach local children in need, BikeAthens encourages the community to donate used children's bicycles, volunteer time, supplies, and money. More donated bicycles and volunteer hours mean more holiday wishes fulfilled! Supporters may also send in shop supplies, such as rags, all-purpose degreasers, very fine steel wool, paper towels, and bicycle lubricant. Cash donations allow for the purchase of needed parts and will offset the cost of the new helmets that are distributed with every bike. Individuals seeking to donate bicycles, supplies, or other gifts can stop by the shop Sundays 2-4:30 PM and Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8:30 PM or contact brp [at] bikeathens.com.
Volunteers will repair bicycles during regular shop hours (Sundays 2-4:30 PM and Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8:30 PM). This month the shop will also be open from 8 AM to Noon, Dec. 4, 11, & 18. Individuals or groups who would like volunteer for the project can stop by the shop at these times or contact Jason Perry and Mike Ely at brp [at] bikeathens.com.
BikeAthens’ Bike Recycling Program repair shop is located in studio 6 of the Chase Street Warehouse (149 Oneta Street). An easy way to access the workshop is from Prince Ave. Turn north off Prince onto Barber St. and go several blocks to Tracy St. Take a left onto Tracy St. then turn right into the 2nd driveway, next to the large cement plant. The BRP shop is slightly to your right. Look for the large red Bike Athens sign!
The shop is open Sundays 2-4:30 PM and Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8:30 PM.
If you would like to become involved, please sign up to the bike recycling listserv via http://lists.bikeathens.com/mailman/listinfo/bikerecycling-list
Pictures of work sessions and bicycle delivery in 2009 are available at the bikeathens website: http://www.bikeathens.com/slideshows/index.html
Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season.
~Bicycle Recycling Program Council