On Saturday, December 9th, we welcomed dozens of children and families from Pell Elementary School to our Big Blue Bike Barn for our annual Holiday Bike Giveaway. This is truly one of our favorite days of the year. You’ll see why when you watch this delightful video recap. Enjoy!
Amazing! 80 restored bikes; 24 brand new bikes; 120 sets of safety equipment including helmets, bells, lights, and locks; and more than 100 happy kids and families. That’s a lot of bike happiness! And it was all made possible by a community of generous partners.
Thanks to Our Generous Event Sponsors:
BankNewport and Boston Consulting Group
Thanks to Our Helmet Sponsors:
Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Middletown Office
Thanks to Our Light Sponsors:
Dwayne and Kathleen Goulding
Thanks to our Hot Cider and Hot Cocoa Provider:
Empire Tea and Coffee
Thanks to our Conexión Latina Connectors:
Rebekah Gomes and Yoli Macias
Thanks to our School Community Connectors:
Mark McKenna and Taylor Ardito
Thanks to our utterly amazing volunteers who helped fix bikes for months in advance, and then connected kids to their perfect bike and accessories on the day of the event:
Rachel Balaban, Kevin Barry, Melissa Bodnar, Betty Bourret, Glenn Bradfield, Marissa Caito, Nick Del Greco, Liz Dougherty, Christian Gagne, Rebecca Gomez, Everett Hall, Rush Hambleton, Donald Hartley, Seth Lovely, Laura Lozano, Yoli Macias, Chris Martin, Laura Murphy, John Nery, Angel Nunes, Arlina Nunez, Chyleene O’Connor, Sheila Reagan, Tamara Shane, and Mary Ellen Williams
Thanks to our Education Staff for managing the Holiday Bike Giveaway:
Clare Woodhead, Director of Education
Gail Ruscetta, Community Educator
Alexis Payano, Lead Mechanic
If you’d like to help with our bicycle restoration and distribution projects, thank you! Please email Gail Ruscetta and let us know your interest.
If you’d like to support our bicycle restoration and distribution projects, thank you! Please donate here.