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Got an old bicycle? You can help Toys for Tots, more

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at 8:10 p.m.

If you have an old bike that has been kept indoors and isn’t rusty, you might consider donating it to the Toys for Tots program.

Bob and Ruth Holliday at the Bicycle Pedaler, 330 N. Rock Road, are currently refurbishing them for the program. Now in their 24th year working for the program, the Hollidays have fixed between 250 and 400 bikes a year, with their staff devoting six weeks a year to the project, from Halloween to the Toys for Tots distribution.

They will take any color, size and model of bike, although smaller bikes are preferred.

The Hollidays say the need for bicycle donations goes beyond the Toys for Tots program. After the Toys for Tots distribution, students from Chisholm Life Skills Center come to pick out bikes needing repairs to learn how to fix them up.

The rest are picked up by His Helping Hands, and what they can’t use, they take to Ellsworth Medium Security Prison to be repaired and sometimes painted, then distributed to nonprofits throughout the state.

The Bicycle Pedaler opens each day at 10 a.m. It is open until 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; until 7 p.m. on Thursday, and 5 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed on Sundays.

For more information, call the Bicycle Pedaler at 316-685-4545.

Reach Fred Mann at 316-268-6310 or fmann@wichitaeagle.com.

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