The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, December 10, 2012
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The "Bikes for Tykes" drive will make its last stop in Franklin County Tuesday, collecting bikes at Food Lion at the Rocky Mount Plaza.
The 14th annual campaign kicked off Nov. 19 with several stops made in Franklin, Patrick and Henry counties.
The annual stop at McDonald's in Rocky Mount turned out 105 bikes and over $4,200 to purchase new bikes for underprivileged children this year.
The bikes will again be distributed by the Salvation Army, which supplied the names of approved children.
"Our goal is 1,281 bikes this year," said Lt. Lisa Knotts with the Salvation Army, "and we are well on our way."
Last year, 1,397 bikes were distributed, according to Glenn Lynch with B-99.
One of the stops this year was at Ruth's Place on Friday, where representatives from B-99, the Salvation Army and Amy Pendleton with the Franklin County Perinatal Education Center were all on hand collecting the bikes and accepting monetary donations for the purchase of more bikes.
Brent Jones with B-99 accepted a friendly challenge from the owner of Ruth's Place to wash a sink full of dishes for a monetary donation to the campaign.
"The community of Franklin County has always been supportive of this bike drive," said Lynch, "and by that, they support kids and make sure that they all have a Merry Christmas."
So far, the program has passed out over 13,000 bikes to area children.
Collection sites outside of Franklin County include Subway in Collinsville on Dec. 13 and Nelson Ford in Martinsville on Dec. 14.
Area Subway restaurants are collecting donations at any time until the campaign's deadline on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
For more information, contact Glenn Lynch with WZBB at 276-629-7999.