HON Asks Community To Donate Kids’ Bikes This Sunday

Families Invited To Participate in Bike Drive and Fun Fall Activities at Four Greenway Locations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hands On Nashville and community partners will launch ReCYCLE for Kids Presented by Jackson this Sunday. The community is invited to participate by donating a new or used children’s bike and enjoy family-friendly activities. The event will be held at four Nashville-area greenways.

All donated bikes will support Hands On Nashville’s ReCYCLE for Kids program. Volunteers will clean, refurbish and gift the used bikes to local youth next spring. Organizers have set a goal of collecting 500 bikes over the course of the drive, which will last through the holidays.

ReCYCLE for Kids provides bikes, new helmets and basic safety education for 400 elementary school-aged children who are underserved and participate in programs offered by partnering nonprofits and schools.

“The response from the community to our inaugural ReCYCLE for Kids effort in 2012 was remarkable,” said Brian Williams, president and CEO of Hands On Nashville. “This community initiative offers an opportunity to give a used bicycle new life by passing it along to a child who may not otherwise have the chance to own a bike.”

Hands On Nashville is looking for new or used children’s bicycles with wheels that are 20 inches in diameter or smaller. Bikes in any condition can be donated, as most bikes can be cleaned and refurbished to like-new condition. Others will be scrapped for parts or recycled.

“All kids deserve the chance to enjoy the freedom that comes along with owning a bike,” said Corinne C. Bergeron, corporate social responsibility manager with Jackson. “Bike riding offers the opportunity to engage in safe outdoor play, and helps children to build the foundation needed for living an active and healthy lifestyle. Jackson is proud to be a part of this community effort.”

Riding a bike is a great kid-friendly way to have fun and exercise, but many low-income families are unable to justify the purchase of a new bike. Tight family budgets, and the reality that a bike has a useful life of only one to two years for growing kids, are barriers. Hands On Nashville is working with nonprofits and schools that serve families in need to distribute refurbished bikes in the spring of 2014, just in time for summer vacation and prime bike-riding weather.

ReCYCLE for Kids Bike Drive Kickoff Locations:

Donelson: Stones River Greenway, at the Kohl’s Department Store area Trailhead
2330 Jackson Downs Blvd, 37076 (this is Kohl’s address)

North: Hartman Park Community Center
2801 Tucker Road, 37218

East: Cornelia Fort Airpark Trailhead
2640 Airpark Drive. 37206

West: Harpeth River Greenway
7600 Old Harding Pike, 37221

About Hands On Nashville
Since 1991, Hands On Nashville (HON) has been connecting volunteers to critical needs facing the Middle Tennessee community, like hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. In 2012, HON connected or referred 117,500 volunteers to more than 4,000 service opportunities, making it one of the largest volunteer resource centers of its kind in the world. Offering more than 400 volunteer opportunities to the community each month at HON.org, Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change. Volunteer. For more information, visit www.HON.org or call (615) 298-1108.

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