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Bikes needed for Build a Bike Giveaway

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

UTICA, N.Y.(WKTV) - Utica safe schools is calling on bikes and parts to help them with their upcoming Build A Bike Giveaway. The 8th annual event will be held April 27th at the Utica Auditorium. They say with two months to go until the event, they're behind.

Event Coordinators say last year many of their drop off sites were filled with bikes, but that's not the case this year.

"As you saw from looking at the storage facility we still need a lot more bikes," said Jeremy Butler, Utica Safe Schools Director of Programs. "Our goal is to give away over 500 bikes this year last year we gave away 671, it takes about 1300 bikes to give away that many."

Butler says they have about 200 now, but need a lot more to help them reach their goal.

"For a lot of these kids this is the first bike they're ever going to have, or for a lot of these kids the only bike they're ever going to have," said Butler. "And the smiles on their faces are priceless."

Utica Safe Schools will be holding a drop off event Saturday February 23rd from 9 to 1 pm. at The Shoppes at the Finish Line.
They will accept any new, used or broken bikes as well as any parts or monetary donations.

Other drop off sites include:
- Whitesboro American Legion Post 1113 on 110 Main St., Whitesboro.
- Parkway Recreation Center on 220 Memorial Parkway in Utica.
- Deerfield Fire House on 5476 Trenton Rd., Utica.
- Whitesboro Police Department on 40 Roosevelt Drive, Whitesboro.
- CNY Veteran's Outreach Center, 726 Washington St., Utica.

Donations can be given at www.usshealthystudents.org.

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