Warmer weather and lots of wonderful people in Nashville made #GivingTuesday here at Hands On Nashville a glowing success. Thanks to everyone who came out to support this fun day. Special thanks to Dozen Bakery and Tennessee Cheesecake for providing treats, and Wannado for volunteering with us.
Hands On Nashville received 115 bikes during our #BikesAndBakedGoods bike drive on #GivingTuesday, bringing our total so far to 325 bikes (our goal is to reach 500 bikes by Dec. 20 – read more about how you can help here). All of these donations will support our ReCYCLE for Kids program presented by Jackson. Volunteers will restore the bikes to like-new condition with expert guidance from the Oasis Center’s Bike Workshop. Then in the spring, we’ll give them to 400 underserved youth along with new helmets and safety training.
During our #GivingTuesday bike drive, we heard all sorts of fun stories from donors as they parted ways with their wheels.
Instagram user BroccoliCupcake used the day (picture featured below) as a teaching moment with her two boys. She remarks, “The boys donated their bikes to Hands On Nashville today and were pretty excited to get brownies as a thank you.”
One father took a “last photo” of his daughter’s bike before handing it over to us, and then sent his daughter – who just went off to college – the photo as a memento. He also picked up a few baked goods to ship to her in the mail.
Jerilyn told us about using her childhood bike at her first job on the paper route. The banana seat was just *so* comfortable.
Another donor came up with a pick-up truck piled high with over eight bikes he collected from his neighborhood. He saw a story on the news and was intent on helping out a good cause.
Thanks to everyone who donated their bikes or gave monetary donations to support ReCYCLE for Kids and Hands On Nashville. We absolutely love this community and are sincerely thankful for your giving hearts.
If you missed out on the designated day of giving, we’ve extended our collection. And yes, we still need your help. Up until December 20, we’re collecting new and used children’s bikes at the Hands On Nashville office, located at 37 Peabody Street, Suite 206 (in the downtown Trolley Barns), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go ahead and dust off those bikes sitting in your garage or basement – they could make a kid’s year, helping them enjoy the excitement of riding and exercising, just like you did as a child.
Don’t have a bike but still want to help? We’re also accepting monetary donations to help buy new helmets for the kids. $10 will buy one helmet. Help us keep their noggins safe!
> Click here to make a monetary donation. (Be sure to include the note “for bike helmets” in the Special Instructions field upon checkout.)