A local nonprofit has begun its annual effort to gather and repair donated bicycles for underprivileged Bay Area residents, with nearly three-dozen bikes arriving during its first two collection days last weekend in Danville.
"The bikes we donate are often the only gift a child will receive during the holidays. For others, the bike is a means of transportation to get to and from a job," said Tania Hanson-De Young, an organizer of Adopt-A-Family Bikes.
The program, now in its 11th year, aims to collect bicycles for distribution to other area nonprofits serving foster children and people who are homeless, unemployed, underemployed or in recovery as well as some Richmond students identified by their teachers as unlikely to receive a holiday present, Hanson-De Young said.
The bikes are cleaned, repaired and checked for safety before being given out. The group helped nearly 400 people get well-conditioned two-wheelers during the 2012 holiday season.
"Last year we didn't just touch the 372 individuals that received the bikes but also their loved ones that shared in their joy," Hanson-De Young said.
The effort got off to a late start this year because of difficulties in finding a proper work space, she added.
The collection drive continues this weekend through Dec. 8. Bicycles may be dropped off Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. at 500 La Gonda Way in Danville. Hours could be expanded in the coming weeks.
Adopt-A-Family is also looking for volunteers.
Those interested in more information can visit the program website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.