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Center Of Hope Needs Bicycle Donations

March 20, 2014, 6:00 PM by Brady Mallory

Center Of Hope Needs Bicycle Donations

The sun is finally out, so you can expect to see a lot more people riding their bicycles. 

"It was very nice, just the ride here was very, you know, refreshing and stuff.  Getting to be out in the sunshine," Eric Stephenson said.

Like so many others, Stephenson does not just use is bike for fun.  He also rides it to work and back.

Eric: It's about three miles, maybe.  Two are three miles, I guess.
Brady: So, walking there would take quite a while.
Eric: Yeah.

The Center of Hope's Bike-to-Work Ministry provides bicycles to people who need them.  Whether they may not be able to drive a car, or may not have extra money for gas; a bicycle may be the only way someone can get to work.  It also may be crucial to finding a job.

"It's super empowering," Aaron Van't Hul, Bike-to-Work Coordinator, said.

The program provides about 600 bikes to people per year.  Typically, the Center of Hope is full of bikes.  This year, however, there is a lot of empty floor space in the building.

"If we don't get some, I don't know what we'll do," Van't Hul, said.  "We'll turn people away.  Even with a sea of bikes, the need is so quick.  It happens so fast."

That is why the program desperately needs donations.  If you have a gently-used adult bicycle that you no longer want, Stephenson reminds us there are plenty of people who need it. 

"You get guys that are kind of on the bottom.  Coming out of the prison, or their homeless, for whatever reason.  They're just trying to get plugged back into the work scene, or just living a normal life," Stephenson said.

You can donate bicycles to the Center of Hope by bringing them to its location at 225 E 11th St #101, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.  You can also call the organization at 334-9789.  It will also accept money donations.

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