DARKE COUNTY — Mark Reedy, founder of Mark’s Bike Drive, is hoping to bring new bicycles to children for Christmas this year with the help of donors and area organizations.
“I would like to assure every child in need, in Darke County, has a bicycle for Christmas,” said Reedy. “The joy of watching a child receive a bicycle as a gift at Christmastime is pretty hard to beat!”
Reedy has had success with the bike drives in collaboration with Salvation Army’s Christmas programs in Fletcher, Piqua, Covington and Bradford in 2014 and in Shelby County in 2015.
This year he’s partnered with Road Hoggs Toys for Tykes, Darke County United Way, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Darke County Commissioners and local mayors and trustees to spread the word and find children who need bikes.
“Mark’s Bike Drive is to be a countywide, grass-roots fundraising effort embraced by all the generous people of the Darke County area,” explained Reedy.
Mark’s Bike Drive, a 501c3 organization, is accepting donations through November 19 to pay for the cost of the bikes, which Reedy said costs about $80 per bike.
To donate go online to www.marksbikedrive.org or mail a check to Mark’s Bike drive, 429 N. Main St., Piqua, OH 45356. For more information call 937-778-1353.