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Bikes For Tykes thanks all who worked with Bikes For Tykes and Christmas in July (CIJ) for a phenomenally successful event! This was the Largest Event in the history of Bikes For Tykes! All the volunteers who helped Bikes For Tykes make our pledge possible to CIJ helped make a difference for hundreds of children and their families! Thank you to those who made the donations which made possible the purchase of bikes for the smaller school age children, especially the large donation! We thank the volunteer groups who came in to help assemble bikes, including about 15 people from Life Christian Church and about 40 deputies from the Collier County Sheriff's Office! Those two groups assembled nearly 90 bikes for CIJ in two bike builds. The Deputies from the Sheriff's Office did the largest bike build in Bikes For Tykes' history!! It is called the Big Bike Build. That event was covered by the Naples Daily News, WINK TV, and FOX 4. Bikes For Tykes' regular Wednesday night volunteers worked hard for months refurbishing bikes for CIJ! The Naples Bingo Palace donated several bikes and delivered them to CIJ the day before the event. In addition, there were a few people who donated bikes for the event, because they heard about it and wanted to participate.
We worked for a week setting up for CIJ. The bikes were moved from Bikes For Tykes to the location daily. The night before the event, we had 370 bikes on the floor! That is a sea of bikes! The morning of the event, all the bikes had to be moved outside under tents, and the fitting areas and registration area set up. During the morning of the event, another 40 bikes were delivered! The Pilot Club of Naples partnered with Bikes For Tykes and CIJ to provide helmets and fit all the helmets to the children. Safe Routes to School donated helmets and helped with the helmet fittings, assisted by Lily Ritchie of Lucky's Market. Bikes For Tykes also donated locks for the bikes. The helmet area was set up with Bikes For Tykes for continuity. Western Bike donated small containers of bike lubricant! There were a lot of delighted children and happy parents! Seeing their smiles makes one so happy!
Mr. and Mrs. Claus brought in their Santa chair, elf bench, fireplace and trees for the event. The children were called up by family group to be with Santa, who gave them backpacks filled with a new school outfit, shoes, socks and toiletries. Christmas music and sound system were supplied by Father Jim. He helped set the stage for CIJ by playing Christmas music daily once he set up the sound system. The Christmas music made a festive background to the sounds of the happy children and families. Members of the nine Kiwanis clubs and Sheriff's Office assisted the children and families at the event. The children had so much fun!! They got to pick out their school supplies, got their faces painted, climb the rock wall brought by the Sheriff's Department, check out the Bomb Squad and the helicopter! Deputies also helped with the bikes, helping set up, fit and move the bikes. Lucky's Market donated food, Dana Hillis of Big Papa's BBQ cooked food, Brimmers loaned a large decorated Christmas tree and other decorations to the event, Northside Kiwanis and helpers made loads of popcorn, Kilwin's Ice Cream brought gallons of ice cream, the hospitality department at LWIT made and decorated delicious Christmas cookies, Smiley Graphics participated, J.C. Penney collaborated with the clothing, Meals of Hope brought out their truck, mosquito spray was given out, and the Naples Daily News contributed. The event was covered by Telemundo, WINK TV and Kiwanis International!
More of the volunteers who helped Bikes For Tykes with this event include Lily of Lucky's Market, Terri and Rich Ballo, Greg Speers, Tammie Place and Norm Hansen, Heather Goenner and Western Bike, Daniel and Rylan Zurbrigg, Maria Rodriguez of the Florida Sports Park, Sully O'Sullivan, Monica Breen and sons, John Whipple, Doug Newell, Jay Hadding, and Smiley of Smiley Graphics, as well as the Board of Directors for Bikes For Tykes.
A very special thank you goes to Sheriff Rambosk and the Sheriff's Office for hosting and doing the Big Bike Build, and their support for and during CIJ!! The deputies helped assemble bikes, took care of the traffic into and around the venue, fit bikes to children and helped out everywhere they could!!
Many, many thanks to all the wonderful people who helped make this event a reality! They know how important bikes are for changing lives!
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Christmas in July UPDATE: Yesterday, boxes and boxes of toiletries, clothing and other supplies were unpacked and sorted by a lot of wonderful people! We had a lot of people today! There were several Key Clubbers, and a couple Circle K young adults arrived to help! Angel ornaments were filled out (when you get there, try to get inside to see the black pipe and drape curtains, which is where the ornaments are supposed to go), Kiwanis luggage tags were made for each backpack, probably a literal ton of toiletries was bagged!! Maybe two tons!! It was amazing to see things move along so fast! Bags of clothing were sorted, bagged, tagged, and on the floor to the left of the bikes. So much was done, it is hard to remember it all!! Father Jim and his two sons set up the sound system. We were treated to strains of Christmas music! Bill Ricigliano and his crews kept bringing things in! Some of my favorite cookies 🙂 we have nearly 350 bikes on the floor! Telemundo (Spanish television) came in today and filmed for probably an hour.
A Week of Amazement! I hope you are getting as excited as the rest of us! Many, many thanks to everyone who is volunteering towards this! Many thanks to everyone who makes this sort of thing possible, from donating time to talent to funds. This kind of event takes all gifts 🙂
We change lives with bikes. We just never know how many or whose. And it is a wonderful blessing 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Today is the last day and we are in fourth place. We NEED more votes. If you haven't yet, please go to the Lucky'FB page and click LIKE on the comment that lists Bikes for Tykes.
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It's time to vote on our new Bags for Change partners, & we want Naples' input. Below you'll see 5 comments, each with a local non-profit tagged. To cast your vote, “Like” the comment with the organization you are voting for. Share this post with friends to get your group even more votes! The 3 organizations who receive the most “Likes” will be selected as next quarter's recipients. (Don't worry, we'll still be partnering with the other 2 organizations in the future. All will get some love 🙂 .) [One vote per person please. Voting period ends runs 7/24/17-7/31/17.]. Think that your organization should be considered next quarter? Visit bit.ly/2upFeAo to learn more about how to get involved.] #donate #community #volunteer #goodwill #love
The Collier County Sheriff's Office Championed Children Thursday!
The Collier County Sheriff's Office provided huge support Thursday for Bikes For Tykes by building 55 bikes for underprivileged children! The Sheriff's Office found out that Bikes For Tykes needed volunteers to help build bikes for Christmas in July, and encouraged deputies to assist Bikes For Tykes. A lot of deputies came and built bikes. This bike build was amazing! The deputies threw themselves into the assembly process. They unloaded the boxes of bikes from the trailer, opened the boxes and assembled the bikes quickly. The completed bikes were then loaded back on the trailer. Everyone at this bike build helped change at least one life today! The deputies were so wonderful! They had a great time! These bikes will be given out at Christmas in July later this month. Bikes For Tykes truly appreciates the help and support of the Collier County Sheriff's Office!! ... See MoreSee Less