Community members began dropping off donated new and used bicycles and bicycle accessories shown here Friday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall on Canyon Road, and continued dropping off donations today. The goal is to give 500 bicycles free of charge and each with a free helmet to children in New Mexico through the non-profit organization Free Bikes 4 Kidz, in partnership with Kiwanis. Learn more and find out about helping in other ways here: www.fb4knm.org. Photo by Morrie Pongratz/Kiwanis
Kiwanians Tim Glasco, Chery Pongratz, Roger Stutz and Roger’s wife, Dr. Jacqueline Krohn standing behind the mountain of donated bikes today in IHM Parish Hall. Kiwanians John Arrowsmith, Bob Carlos, Morrie Pongratz and Don Siebe also helped with the project. Photo by Morrie Pongratz/Kiwanis
By MORRIE PONGRATZ
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos have been collecting bikes donated by citizens of Los Alamos.
The project is a part of the national Free Bikes 4 Kidz campaign. Cheryl Pongratz, Immediate Past-President of the club, responded to a request from the LANL Community Programs Office to assist with the effort. She then secured permission from Immaculate Heart of Mary Pastor, Fr. John Daniel to collect the bikes at the parish hall.
On Friday and today Kiwanians collected bikes from the community and stored them in the parish hall. More than 150 bikes were received by noon today.
The community of Los Alamos is very generous!
The Kiwanians now face the challenge of transporting those bikes Sunday to a collection station at Santa Fe Place Mall.