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It's that time again to vote for Bikes for Tykes! Follow the link below to help Bikes for Tykes get enough votes to be part of Lucky's Market Naples Bags for Change program. Hurry!
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It's time to choose Bags for Change partners for the next quarter! Please read this, & "like" the comment with your chosen non-profit. DO NOT COMMENT. We've chosen 5 finalists, and our 3 highest vote recipients will be our next partners. In the comments below, you'll see local organizations listed. Vote through October 22nd by liking their name in the comments! *Please be sure you vote by liking our comment with the organization you support so your vote counts! *To learn more about our areas of focus, visit our website: bit.ly/2ttGRKm

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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!

Bikes For Tykes - Celebrating 30 Years of Changing Lives With Bikes!!
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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

We change lives with bikes. We just never know how many or whose. And it is a wonderful blessing ๐Ÿ™‚
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