This year, the Community Resource Center in Encinitas expects to serve approximately 1,500 families at its 32nd annual Holiday Baskets event. While this event serves more than 3,000 children in need, there are typically only 300 bicycles available for distribution for these youth.
To increase bicycle donations, El Camino Bike Shop, at 121 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, is collecting gently used bikes from now to Nov. 30. Those who donate a bicycle receive a $25 gift card.
“Our goal is to provide an additional 100 bikes this year to Holiday Baskets,” said Will Schellenger, owner of El Camino Bike Shop. “Bring your used bike by and we will get it to CRC.”
Donated used bikes are refurbished by local volunteers and then distributed from Dec. 19-21 to youth enrolled in the Holiday Baskets program.
More than 2,000 local volunteers and 200 groups and organizations help collect and sort food, blankets, outerwear, toys, bicycles, baby items, and much more for Holiday Baskets. The program is a free shopping experience in a warehouse-like setting and is the largest distribution of its kind in the county.
“We could not continue our Holiday Baskets program without the help of such generous organizations like the El Camino Bike Shop,” said Paul Thompson, CEO of CRC.
“The Community Resource Center owes a great debt of gratitude to El Camino Bike Shop for stepping forward to help provide more bikes to our families in need for the upcoming holiday season.
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