Our local bicycle club is very involved with the George F. Johnson Dream Center for Community Empowerment 4th annual bike drive. I thought I would share this with others in case anyone would be interested in donating to help a very worthy cause:
"The center has begun accepting donations of used bikes and bike locks to give to youths ages eight and up, and adult bikes to those who need a bike for transportation. Bikes will be accepted through the second week of May and can be dropped off in the parking lot of Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, 308 Main St. in Johnson City, Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday until 2 p.m. and Sunday mornings. For information, contact Patricia Cardin at 797-3938 ext. 113.
Patti Cardin has started her drive to collect bicycles for the STBC volunteers to recondition for the scheduled May 14th giveaway. In the past three years we have given away over 300 bicycles at this event. Opportunity to clear out the garage/basement of unwanted machines. Six donations showed up at my house last week, and others are collecting such items for the May event.
As we accumulate the machines, you will hear from us pleading for help with this worthwhile project. Many STBC members have been involved in the past few years. In addition to the Sarah Jane MUMC drop-off site, you could contact one of us listed below who have historically been involved in the refurbishing process. Perhaps one of us may be a more convenient drop-off. Every so often I find one or more in my driveway. Sometimes I am aware of their source, other times I have no idea. All machines are welcome. If beyond repair, we often find we can cannibalize for parts. Keep your eye on the curb come garbage pick up days. This has been a reliable source in the past. Thanks for your continual help with this project." Augie Mueller
Steven Bard sbard@binghamton. edu Endwell/Endicott Jonathan Smith jcwinnie@gmail. com JC area Dick Porterfield rporterfield@ stny.rr.com Chenango Bridge, Hillcrest Augie Mueller amueller@binghamton .edu Vestal Gary Wilde gary@southerntierbikeproject West Corners
As Gary, one of the above volunteers who runs his own project www.southerntierbikeproject.com/ attested at our annual meeting "there is NOTHING that compares to a child's face that lights up when we give them one of our bikes. To them it is a BRAND NEW bike, no matter how re-conditioned it is!"
For that matter, if you know someone in need of a bicycle who has no means to otherwise afford it, check out Gary's website and request a bike for someone in need.
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