Local riders team up to help families have a merrier Christmas

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Hammer Velo Pay it Forward ride-11

Members of the Hammer Velo Cycling Team rolled
out in the chilly night to deliver presents
to a family in need.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night a few dozen spandex-clad Santas loaded Christmas gifts into their backpacks and panniers and pedaled into the homes and hearts of three local families. It was the fourth Pay it Forward ride, an annual tradition started in 2010 by Portlander Jeff Tedder.

To help him deliver the presents, Tedder, a fit 53-year-old who owns an athletic training business, enlisted the help of three local cycling teams. Each team adopted a different family, which they found through a partnership with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at OHSU. The families were selected by the hospital because they have children suffering from major medical issues and are of modest means. In total, about 300 people chipped in to raise over $6,000 dollars for the families.

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