Village Bicycle Cooperative cranks up the holiday spirit
Village Bicycle Cooperative has been busy spreading holiday cheer by donating 29 bikes and two tricycles to the Salvation Army. That brings the yearly total of donated bikes to 53. These gifts were made possible by donations of bikes, volunteer time and monetary contributions to VBC's Fix-It-Forward program. These bikes help many disadvantaged families as their main source of transportation to jobs or school.
This was the sixth year of VBC participating in Cranksgiving, a food and personal hygiene drive to benefit disadvantaged and senior citizens sponsored by Bike Cleveland and Bike Lakewood. The participating bicyclists are given maps and then ride to four stores and purchase one or more suggested items. Everything purchased must be hauled by bicycle. Donated food is given to Lakewood Community Services Center. This year VBC raised over $300 in donations!
Village Bicycle Cooperative is dedicated to helping families and individuals with many different aspects of biking through the Fix-It-Forward and other educational programs, and bike donations to charities. VBC will be partnering with bike shops in Lakewood, Fairview Park and North Olmsted from January to March to refurbish many more bikes and get more people cycling in the spring.
If you would like to know more about this very worthwhile organization, please visit our website at villagebicycle.org. We welcome your help, donations and bikes. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday! Ride on!