|Over 500 bicycles have been collected so far|
Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston:
B-99’s annual Bikes for Tykes drive is nearing an end. Above, Heather Muse, Ruth Neice and Glenn Lynch collected bikes Friday at Ruth’s Place for underprivileged children in Franklin Patrick and Henry counties. The last collection stop in Franklin County will take place Tuesday at Food Lion in Rocky Mount.
Monday, December 9, 2013
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 15th annual campaign kicked off Nov. 25 with several stops in Franklin, Patrick and Henry counties.
The annual stop at McDonald's in Rocky Mount turned out 164 bikes this year.
The bikes will be distributed by the Salvation Army, which supplied the names of approved children.
"Our goal is 1,170 bikes this year," said Glenn Lynch with B-99. "It's been a slow go this year. Because Thanksgiving was a week later than usual, we were late getting started."
As of Friday, Lynch said over 500 bikes have been collected so far this season.
"This has been one of the slowest years in a while," said Lynch. "But the community has always come through for the children, and I'm hoping for that again this year."
Over the past 14 years, the Bikes for Tykes program has been able to distribute more than 14,000 new bikes to kids in Franklin, Patrick and Henry counties and Martinsville.
One of the stops this year was at Ruth's Place on Friday, where representatives from B-99 and the Salvation Army were all on hand to collect the bikes and accept monetary donations for the purchase of more bikes.
Collection sites outside of Franklin County include Smith River Rescue Squad in Woolwine on Dec. 14, Subway in Collinsville on Dec. 19, and Nelson Ford in Martinsville on Dec. 20.
For more information, contact Lynch at 276-629-7999.