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KIDS WITHOUT WHEELS
a 'Bikester charities' project

 

'Kids Without Wheels' purpose is to collect and recycle used Bikes - Trikes - Scooters & Skate Boards ... Renovate them when necessary, and place them 'Free' with Kids, (and Big kids too), who can't afford 'Wheels'...

We got this project rolling in June of '04' - and as of this date, (October of 04), more then 150 bikes in varying condition have been donated - and, we have already found 'new homes' for over two dozen, placing the bikes mostly through the Food Banks and 'Toys for Tots' programs... Ya know ... many of these bikes were on there way to the dump when we got them and gave them a new life - most didn't need much work, (maybe just fix a flat), and some needed no work at all...

'Kids Without Wheels is located in Carnation, Washington, - in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley, just 30 miles east of Seattle, and we're always looking for donations of bikes and volunteer help...

Now I know most of you don't live around here - - but Hey! - You could put a deal like this together wherever you are ... Save some bikes from a sad end - and help out some deserving kids at the same time... Think about it ... it's pretty much a zero cost - 'Win/Win' project - just give a little of your time...

For more information about how you can put together your own 'Kids Without Wheels' program - just drop us an 'e' at
kidswithoutwheels@bikesters.com

 

CHRISTMAS 2004

The Bikesters are lucky enough to share their shop building here in sunny Carnation Washington with the 'Snoqualmie Nonprofit Food Bank', a public food bank underwritten by the 'Snoqualmie Indian Tribe' - the food bank is an all volunteer powered deal that does a lot of good, (feeds up to 150 families a week - all year long) ... We try to help out whenever we can... For Christmas this year our little Food Bank gave out nearly 200 Turkeys and Hams with all the fixin's - plus a lot of other stuff... Ya know - Food Banks really suck! ... But it sure is a good thing they're around - - because there are a lot more families in need then anybody likes to talk, (or even think), about!!

Bikester Food Bank Donations

This year, besides trying to help out at the Food Bank whenever we could we also got involved in the coolest of Christmas projects ... Mary Anne Hinzman, (Vice chairman of the Snoqualmie Tribe), along with her volunteers, have put together a program that gives new toys to the kids of over 200 needy families in the area, (you figure out how many kids that is at 2 or three kids per household), and also supplies new warm coats and blankets to kids and seniors ... And this isn't some 'little stuffed Elf in a sock' deal, either - - every kid gets ten or twenty bucks worth of toys, (thanks to VERY kind and generous donors) ... I mean, figure it out ... that's ten's of thousands of dollars worth of stuff... The distribution side was borderline chaos at times - we just gave out to the parents, and they took the stuff home and wrapped it, etc. It was a thrash at times, (kinda like the old racing days), it took a week, (we finished up on Christmas eve), but we got it done, (and gave away over 40 bikes at the same time), and we will do it all again (even bigger) next year...
It was the best Christmas ever!!! Photo below of a corner of the Bikesters shop, which was stacked up with toys everywhere ... SuperBike is hiding under a pile of coats at the right of the picture while RocketBike peeks out from under his cover and 'the Fuller's tail' stays safe - watching the madness from the top of the Rocket's trailer...


Christmas 04 at the Bikesters Shop

FOOD BANK

 

2005

This last year, besides our ongoing ‘Kids Without Wheels’ project, which has found ‘new homes’ for nearly 200 bikes now, we have become very involved in the operation of the ‘Snoqualmie Non-Profit Food Bank’, who we share a building with.  This is a public Food Bank, and is underwritten by ‘The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’, (a very caring group of people).  We are proud of the fact that this Food Bank feeds anyone – from the homeless to people who drive up in a Cadillac … ‘Helping others should have no boundaries’.

We help over 70 client families every week here at our building in Carnation, Washington.   Everybody leaves with all they need …  Plus, we help out over 300 more families through several other Food Banks in our valley that we help supply.  - - when you consider the fact that in our area average family size is 4 … we touch on a lot of lives.

Also this year we were once again involved in the ‘Toys for Kids’ project, (an off chute of the Food Bank), - - gave big bags of new toys to over 500 kids - - Dynamite deal!!!

 

  Ya know……………..

A Food Bank is a living entity that has only one purpose in life … And that is to help as many people in need as possible while operating efficiently, and with a minimum of waste … The ‘Flow’ has to be smooth ‘In’, and ‘Out’ of the Food Bank – particularly when dealing with a large volume of perishables.  Items like produce must be given out here or sent to other food banks or programs where there is need in a very tight time frame while avoiding waste.  At the ‘Snoqualmie Non- Profit Food Bank’ we have preformed very well for the last year in this regard, (operating nearly waste-free), and have done this while always being sure that our clients never have to sacrifice anything in personal dignity or pride…

At Bikesters we are very proud to be apart of making this program ‘work’ while adhering to these ideals … Food Banks are one of those rare projects where individual egos and agendas do not enter ‘the mix’ to cloud the goals…

         Fred


Snoqualmie Tribe Food Bank in Winter

 

2012

 

We've been at this for quite a few years now, with a little time off for medical problems four years ago - and then - right back to it in a new location one block from the old building...

We are now helping around 200 family's, (over 700 people) a week all year long ... We move over two tons of food through here every week, that's what a Food Bank is - food in one door and out the other every week...

I'm so very proud of our hard working volunteers, and also very thankful to The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe - who underwrite this project as a public service. They supply us with our buildings, trucks and gas, and help us with funding for items that are not donated, they also provide us with our few paid employees, (truck drivers, etc.)...

Mary Anne Hinzman, Vice Chairperson of The Snoqualmie Tribe started this Food Bank over 35 years ago - and the help it has provided for the community in Food, Clothing, Toys, etc. is incalculable ... It is one of the oldest operating Food Banks in the North Western United States...

We are a true Public Food Bank, and require no registration, paperwork, or proof of area residence, etc. from our clients, we are just here to help people - we feed absolutely anyone who comes to the door and have managed to put together a strong enough supply network that we can operate pretty much as an 'all you can eat' Food Bank i. e. people can get all they need, and at the same time we also help supply several other Food Banks and shelters in the area...

Ya know - sometimes it seems like total chaos - but it keeps on working and getting the job done...

         Fred