With winter fast approaching, children around the state are making their holiday wish lists. Still, many families are continuing to struggle with the implications of the Great Recession and high poverty levels, making the holidays an especially stressful time of year.
One Cache County organization is looking to ease some of that stress by donating refurbished bicycles. Utah State University’s Aggie Blue Bikes will continue its tradition of donating fixed up bicycles to Sub for Santa.
The group has donated nearly 90 bikes over the past eight years and expects to help even more families than average this holiday season.
“This year, actually, was a wonderful year. We started with about 32 bikes and we think we’ll be able to make about 25 of them into donatable bikes. By the time we give them to Sub for Santa, they are basically new again,” said Aggie Blue Bike mechanic Ryan Keeper.
Keeper said the organization collects children’s bicycles year-round so they can repair and repaint them in time for the holidays.
“We are an advocacy group. We’d like to see people on bikes; our entire effort is to get more people on more bikes, more often,” Keeper said. “We want to provide as much opportunity as we can for people to start biking at any age, but especially as kids.”
Keeper said the organization is always accepting donations of children’s bicycles. Aggie Blue Bikes plans to donate the completed bicycles to Sub for Santa at the beginning of December.