Tis the season for giving, but can you imagine giving away 2500 bikes? That was Susan Runsvold‘s vision back in 2003 when she came up with the idea to get bikes into the hands of underprivileged children who normally wouldn’t get a Christmas present from Santa, let alone a bike. Back in 2004, Susan and a team of kind-hearted individuals were able to collect enough funds to purchase and distribute 40 bikes to needy children. This year, the Turning Wheels for Kids organization collected enough charitable donations from individuals, groups, and corporations to give away 2500 bikes.
Assembling thousands of bikes is a huge job, so the TWFK organization pulls in 700 volunteers on a chilly Saturday morning to build all of the bikes which will be given away. For the past three years, a grassroots team recruited from the Norcal board on MTBR has pitched in to help with the build. This year’s team was organized by forum member JustJeff with past teams recruited and organized by Chum. Other local groups and organizations, such as Velogirls, Team Wrongway, DPR Construction, and San Jose Firefighters have also come together to help build bikes and donate funds for next year’s bike giveaway.
Below are a few photos taken during this year’s bike building frenzy which took place this past Saturday between 8am – and 2pm. In addition to the bikes, lots of swag was given away as part of the annual raffle and silent auction.