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Tampa Westchase Rotary’s Bike Round Up Jan. 4

Is someone getting a new bicycle for Christmas or Hanukkah this year?

Why not donate that old, out-grown bicycle or tricycle to someone in need?
On Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Tampa Westchase Rotary will be collecting used bikes on a nearby corner.

Each year, your local Rotary Club partners with the East Lake United Methodist Church’s bicycle ministry to collect bikes, refurbish and distribute them to families in need. It may go to a child who has never had their own bicycle or tricycle, or perhaps an adult who needs a mode of transportation to get to and from work. It could be for someone who is unable to drive a car, or maybe an individual who simply would like to get some exercise but doesn’t have the means to purchase. Whatever their needs, this ministry will provide!

So enjoy the holidays with your families and ring in the exciting new year 2020! Then on Jan. 4, gather your bikes, old or new, big or small, working or broken, because we will take them in any condition! Look for the floating balloons and Rotary members waving posters on the corner of Race Track Road and Nine Eagles Drive. Pull up to our tent in the parking lot facing Nine Eagles next to Bank of America. If you need someone to pick up your bike, give us a call and we will have a member stop by your house. For more information, contact the club’s Service Projects Chair, John Thomas at jwthomas1@aol.com.

By Kelly Machonis

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