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Friday, July 18, 2014

'Christmas in July' bike giveaway set

Used bikes collected by the Dairy Queen are refurbished.

Plainfield's third annual 'Christmas in July' bike giveaway is set for the Salvation Army next Wednesday (July 23), starting at 10:15 AM.

Used bikes are gathered in as donations throughout the year at the Plainfield Dairy Queen and refurbished by owner Donna Albanese's husband Rich DeMair. In the past five years, DeMair has restored and refurbished more than 775 bikes.

The bicycles are then donated to Plainfield youngsters at an event at which they are also given bike helmets and safety tips.

The event is coordinated by the Plainfield Salvation Army, and bike helmets are donated by Children's Specialized Hospital.

Pre-registration is required to be eligible for a bike. Simply go to the Salvation Army at 615 Watchung Avenue (corner of East 7th Street) between 9 AM and 3:30 PM through July 22 to register. Staff will notify eligible recipients.

Plainfield Today readers interested in supporting this ongoing activity are encouraged to drop off used bikes at any time during the year at the Plainfield Dairy Queen, 1367 South Avenue. Donna, Rich and hundreds of Plainfield kids will thank you.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

That's a great program. Popular with the children and the thieves who prey on them. What do I mean? Last year, I had a neighbor's son enter and he won a beatiful mountain bike. I was impressed. But, I told him he needed a lock to safeguard it. Three weeks past and I asked him if his parents had bought him a lock? He said no, and that the bike had been stolen the day before when he left it on the front lawn of a friend's house to go inside and play. Hope someone is enjoying the bike or maybe it has found its way back into this year's give-away.