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Donations Keep Shop Open for All

14468704_1122457334456029_4224439738060814926_oIn 2002, Sharing Wheels began life providing basic bike services at the Everett Gospel Mission, while giving neighborhood kids (big and small) a place to hang-out, get greasy, and share bike love.

That same passion for bicycles and for helping others use bikes is what sustains us as a community bike shop today. This past year, about 85% of our customers were low income people. We hosted our 15th annual Kids Bike Swap and donated 100 refurbished kids bikes to Christmas House. We’ve expanded weekend hours and increased sales by 50%. Our shop is full of both basic and unique bikes* and tools and parts to fix the bike you love.

Our nonprofit board meets monthly. We dream of a bigger shop, more classes, and more programs for people who ride bikes – out of love, necessity, or both. We are working to expand our presence and impact in the greater Everett community.

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In this season of giving, we ask each of you to consider a financial donation to Sharing Wheels at a level that is meaningful to you. One generous volunteer has already donated $500. Two of our board members have also committed $500 each – but they will double their donations if we can raise $1,000 match from you, our community of supporters.

Our shop is invaluable to many, and there’s a price for free access to tools, hands-on help, and the space we rent to hold all those wonderful bike things.

Did you fix a flat at the shop this year? Borrow our tools? Find the right screw or specialized part? Are you glad someone else was able to get a low-cost bike or used part?

With so many of our customers living in poverty, it’s especially important for those of us with a little extra to contribute – for ourselves, and for those who can’t.

We are a 501(c)3 charitable nonproft. You can donate now via PayPal on your credit card, or come by the shop with cash, check, or credit. Send checks to Sharing Wheels, 2531 Broadway, Everett WA 98201.

* Come buy a bike: We have a recumbent bike that needs TLC, bikes from Spain, Italy, Britain, Japan, and France, and lots more.

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Holiday bike program needs volunteers, donations

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop needs your help to fix kids bikes for the holidays. The goal is to get 100 bikes donated, cleaned and ready for the low income families served by Christmas House. Sharing Wheels has given more than 1,500 bikes to the Everett nonprofit over the past 20 years.

Bike repair “parties” need volunteers every week from October through early December. Groups or service clubs can schedule your own work parties at the Everett shop. Experienced bike mechanics can also take bikes home to repair.

Donations of gently-used kids bikes in good condition are taken on Saturdays from noon to 3:45 p.m. at the shop, 2531 Broadway, Everett. Parking and entrance are at the back of the Broadway Mall building.

Christmas House is a 100% volunteer organization that provides an opportunity for qualifying, low-income, Snohomish County parents to select free holiday gifts for their children age infant – 18 yrs old.

Many people contribute to the success of Christmas House – including Sharing Wheels volunteers.  Christmas House helps put bright smiles on the faces of over 7,000 children each year.

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Christmas House Bikes

Christmas House Bikes

By Kristi Knodell, volunteer shop manager
Every year it is hard for me to think about Christmas. It can be a very stressful time with family expectations and demands placed on me all while the days are getting darker. Once we start delivering bikes to Christmas House here in Everett I start feeling better about the holiday.
Christmas House serves around 3,000 families in less than 3 weeks. That translates into around 10,000 children.
The stress for a single parent to make the holiday special for their children is much more significant than my stress over what I am going to get for my grown brother.
Today we delivered another 29 bikes to Christmas House and will do one more delivery next week.
We are a very small part of Christmas House but hopefully a big part of at least one child’s christmas hope.