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Holiday Bike Drive brings smiles (and a new set of wheels) to over 500 kids

Posted by on December 9th, 2007 at 7:42 pm

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Kids got new bikes, and
the skills to ride them.
(View slideshow below)

Today at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in North Portland, 519 kids received a special holiday gift: a new bicycle.

Culminating over 5,000 volunteer hours over the past year, the Community Cycling Center’s (CCC) Holiday Bike Drive was once again a big success.

Speaking at a brunch for supporters before the kids arrived, CCC executive director Susan Remmers said, “We hope today is about possibilities. This event is what we’re all about…it’s at the very heart of our mission.”

There was no shortage of heart at the event today; from the 350 volunteers, to the kids’ first pedal strokes on their new set of wheels.

All the families who took part were pre-selected by over 60 partnering social services agencies and school programs. Many of them have fallen on hard times and can’t afford a bike, others simply need something to keep their kids active.

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Along with being able to choose a new bike, all the kids received a new helmet and took part in a bike safety rodeo course before setting off into the snow — and a future that’s a little brighter now that they’ve got the freedom to ride.

For more of the faces and scenes that make this event such an important part of our community, view the slideshow below:

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

*Note: Yesterday afternoon, a truck backed into the wall of the CCC’s headquarters on NE 17th Ave. The impact severely damaged their offices and they must move immediately. No one was hurt. Story and photos coming soon…

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  • bob sturgess December 9, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Hey. There\’s still 16 days before X-mas!

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  • Alison December 10, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you EVEYONE who helped with Holiday Bike Drive!

    We registered 519 kids with the help of 65 agents through 43 agencies.

    Volunteers and staff helped clean and fix up 586 bikes.

    We had volunteers helping who spoke four languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, and Chinese.

    More than 300 volunteers helped to teach bike safety, fit helmets, select bikes, fix bikes, and lead the bike rodeo.

    We had kids from Vancouver, all over Portland, and Beaverton.

    We had a blast!

    Thank you to everyone who donated a bike, their time, or money. It\’s what makes Holiday Bike Drive possible.


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  • Meeky December 10, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    A great and fun-filled event, for sure! Congratulations to all CCC staff, volunteers, and supporters for another year of bringing bikes to kids!

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  • Jim Labbe December 11, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    This is the first time I have been to this event. Very cool. I volunteered as an escort and had a blast!

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