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Anna Maria resident provides Christmas bikes

ANNA MARIA – During each Christmas season, Anna Maria resident Carl Augostini, 85, provides bikes for underprivileged children and adults in need. “This year, I…

Tuesday, Dec 19

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ANNA MARIA – During each Christmas season, Anna Maria resident Carl Augostini, 85, provides bikes for underprivileged children and adults in need.

“This year, I did a total of 36 bikes – a new record for me, thanks to a lot of friends and neighbors who donated them from the Island and Bradenton,” Augostini said. “Eight adult bikes went to halfway houses in Sarasota, distributed by a close friend who lives there. Two bikes went to a needy family in Bradenton for Christmas. The 26 remaining bikes went to Pastor Greenidge and Charles Wade, with 18 bikes for adults and teenagers and eight bikes for children under 10 years old.”

Peter Greenidge is the executive pastor at the Light of the World church in Sarasota. Wade is the facilities administrator at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.

Despite the threat of rain, Greenidge and Wade picked up the repaired and refurbished bikes at Augostini’s Anna Maria home on Dec. 16.

“My son, Craig, helped me out,” Augostini said. “He did some deliveries for me and helped me clean the bikes up when they were pulled out of storage. He also helped with minor repairs during clean-up that were missed during the build phase. He has been a great supporter and helps me out whenever I need strength to do something.”

When asked why he does this, Augostini said, “There are several reasons. To begin with, I came from a poor family and we struggled to get a bike, not only for fun but […]

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