As you’re doing spring cleaning and cleaning out the garage, don’t put those outgrown bikes at the curb! Recycle your bikes and make a difference for local families this coming Christmas. ACUA will host a bicycle collection on Saturday, May 11 from 9-12 pm at the ACUA’s Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Twp. The event will be held rain or shine.
Bikes collected will be refurbished and donated to needy children in Atlantic City through St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Atlantic City. In 2012, the church’s program, in its sixth year, gave away 435 bicycles. The program began with donations from church members and others who learned about it by word of mouth. The church asks for “gently used” bikes, but most bikes need a little work and a few parts before they’re ready to be given to needy kids and their families at Christmas. A local resident spearheads the work to restore bikes to good working order, repairing and preparing them for reuse, and has initiated this collection event at ACUA.
“Many of us have an unused bike sitting in our sheds or garages. Unfortunately, many times perfectly good bikes end up in the trash, and eventually the landfill,” said ACUA President Richard S. Dovey. “The ACUA is pleased to work with Andrew Smith and St. Nick’s in their efforts to refurbish and return these bikes to the community,” Dovey added.
For more information, call 609-272-6950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations (used to purchase new parts for the bikes) can be sent to: St. Nicholas of Tolentine c/o Bike Drive, 1409 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401