Recycle Your Bicycle for a Kid in Foster Care

by Fara Illich
Community Commentary Family Featured Spotlight Fara Illich September 28, 2012

Remember your first bicycle?
bicycleDid you name it?  What color was it?  What made your bicycle special?
Many children in foster care don’t have those memories because they never had their very own bike. You can help by donating a new bicycle or that bike in your garage that’s no longer being used—and put it to good use while bringing joy to a child.
Bikes in need of repair will be recycled and lovingly refurbished by volunteers by the Boys Scouts of America, the Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents, and other community volunteers who generously donate their time. The bicycles will be distributed to children in foster care in December.
Bikes can also be dropped off at the Republic Media building, 200 East Van Buren Street, NE corner of 2nd Street & Van Buren from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 3.
The public can drop off new and used bikes from September 30th through October 7th at any Earnhardt Auto Center. For Earnhardt hours and locations, go to To volunteer to help with the refurbishing process, contact Diane at 602-705-5703.
For more information about the drive, go to
“Recycle Your Bicycle” is a project of Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents and the Boy Scouts of America—Grand Canyon Council and sponsored by The Arizona Republic, Earnhardt Auto Centers, and 12 News.