2020 - No bike build this year due to COVID-19
2020 - With all the craziness happening, we are still planning our 17th annual Bike Fundraiser. However, this year will be extremely different!
As the COVID-19 virus hit our country and America was shut down, we surely thought by now things would be up and running. Who knew back in March 2020 that we’d still be facing difficult times? With most countries still shut down, our bike supplier advised us that we needed to order bikes by June 2020 to ensure we’d get them by November 2020. I placed an order for 320 bikes! Yay……so I thought!
As you know, we always have a “bike build day” with a crew of 15-20 people who help us build the bikes. We were wondering how we were going to have our crew in close proximity while practicing social distancing AND would our volunteers want to help under the current conditions.
I received a phone call in mid-September from one of our charities stating they are unable to receive gifts or bikes from anyone this year because of the pandemic. The reason is they need to have the least amount of contact with people. I was so shocked. I immediately contacted our other charities and was told the same thing. With 320 bikes on order, I called our supplier and explained our situation and they understood and we were able to cancel our order.
Where does this leave us now? The charities are providing gift cards in lieu of purchased gifts and bikes. We still want to do our part as there are many families in need this year because of the pandemic. Instead of purchasing bikes, we are giving gift cards. In turn, the families will purchase the bikes with their gift card. The results remain the same. The children still receive a bike, just in a different manner.
We are continuing to offer PAYPAL as another means of donating. Simply go to our donate page on our website, click the “donate” button and it will take you to PayPal. Super simple and you don’t need to register or have an account! And of course, if you prefer, you can always mail us a check.
Please make checks payable to:
Bikes Because We Care
P.O. Box 2311, Morgan Hill, CA 95038
100% of your donation goes directly towards the purchase of the bikes and is tax deductible.
We thank you for your support and generosity and know this has been a tough year for everyone. Our goal is the same, to put smiles on children and families faces this Christmas. You are the ones who help us reach our goals! Merry Christmas, stay safe and healthy.
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Mark & Cindy Reuter & Michelle Canete
Bikes Because We Care