By: Christy Cowley, Executive Director
Thanks to all of YOU who participated in our 2020 Holiday Kid Bike program, more than 150 Snohomish County kids will get a bike this Christmas. We had 75 volunteers donate over 400 hours these past few months. So many people helped clean, repair, transport, store and even purchase bikes for our annual giveaway.
Our usual partner Christmas House was unable to distribute bikes in 2020. But they still helped – by referring supporters and families in need, and by providing storage for bikes in process.
We matched 100 bikes directly with low/no income families in December with an additional 50 bikes distributed to our non-profit partners including;
- The Salvation Army
- Dawson’s Place
- Interfaith Family Shelter and
- Domestic Violence Services
The outpouring of generosity from all corners of our local community was tremendous! Groups of families and friends, Redmond Police Department, Cascade and BIKES Club of Snohomish County Members, local Boy Scouts, and so many individual contributors made up our volunteer task force this year. Thank you for all the support.
We recognized early in November that the needs were much greater this year and that we wouldn’t have enough bikes to fulfill all the family requests. Enter Eagle Scout, Henry Amend, and The Everett Sail and Power Squadron who separately started their own fundraising campaigns and raised enough funds to purchase 61 brand new kid bikes to fill the gap. A special thank you to them and all the folks who contributed to their campaigns.