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A ‘wonderful thing’: Community Spokes works with city to donate bikes to kids

A 'wonderful thing': Community Spokes works with city to donate bikes to kids

A group of Evergreen a United Neighbourhood youth on the bikes they received through a donation from Community Spokes. (Evergreen a United Neighbourhood/Facebook) Some Thunder…

Tuesday, Aug 09

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A group of Evergreen a United Neighbourhood youth on the bikes they received through a donation from Community Spokes. (Evergreen a United Neighbourhood/Facebook) Some Thunder Bay, Ont., youth have a new way to get around town thanks to a partnership between Community Spokes and Evergreen a United Neighbourhood.

The two organizations teamed up recently to save a load of bikes from the Thunder Bay landfill site, fix them up, and donate them to the kids.

"My staff and I, we rented a U-Haul," said Community Spokes owner and operator Ian Cameron. "We drove up there [and] just filled it up to the brim.

"We brought them back, and then we just did refurbishment on the kids’ bikes, and we gave them away," he said. "Essentially just getting them into the hands of kids that might not have a bike, or their bike’s broken. So we really tried to find an audience that was in need of bikes."

Cameron said about 10 refurbished bikes were given away to the Evergreen youth last week. Basic repairs were done, but the youth were invited to Community Spokes on Simpson Street if they wanted to make further upgrades using the tools there.

Linda Bruins, executive director of Evergreen, called the donation a "wonderful thing," adding many of the kids can’t get bikes on their own, or are unable to make required repairs.

But the bikes, she said, are very important to the youth, who were "super excited" to receive them."They ride their bikes to come to Evergreen House," she […]

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