Pedals For Progress (P4p.org) will be collecting used bike and sewing machines from 9 AM to 12 noon on Saturday May13th 2017 rain or shine at the St. John’s parking lot on East Main Street at corner of Franklin Turnpike in Ramsey. Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in working or repairable condition is urged to donate it to this worthy cause. “Bikes for parts” or disassembled bikes cannot be accepted. We are also collecting working portable sewing machines.
P4P collects 5,000 to 7,000 bicycles annually and transfers them to those in need. To date, more than 146,000 bikes and 3,200 sewing machines have been shipped to developing countries in Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Eastern Europe. In these countries, the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. These bikes provide them with reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting produce to market, or accessing health care and other services. Steady employment for these adults is vital to the development and success of these economies. Children’s bikes enable children to go to schools which may otherwise be too far from their homes.
It costs $40 to collect, process, ship, repair and distribute each bicycle. A donation toward shipping costs is requested (suggested minimum $10 per bike). All cash and material donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt will be available at the collection site.
For information about Saint John’s, the bike collection, and the church’s other activities, please call the church office at 201-327-0703 or email St. John’s at firstname.lastname@example.org.