May 19, 2014

Recycle Your Bike! May 31 Collection at ACUA Benefits Local Kids and Families in Need

As you’re doing spring cleaning and cleaning out the garage, don’t put those outgrown bikes at the curb! Recycle outgrown and gently used bikes and make a difference for local families this coming Christmas. ACUA will host a bicycle collection on Saturday, May 31st 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 2013, the church’s program, in its seventh year, gave away over 400 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 unused or outgrown bikes sitting in our shed or garage. Unfortunately, many times perfectly good bikes end up in the trash, and eventually the landfill,” said ACUA President Richard S. Dovey. “ACUA is pleased to have this opportunity to help St. Nick’s in their efforts to collect, refurbish and return these bikes to the community,” Dovey added.

For more information, call 609-272-6950 or email  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. You may contact the church at (609) 344-1040. 

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