MEDFORD, Ore.---Two local organizations are teaming up together to provide kids impacted by the fires with bikes and helmets. Rogue Valley Strong Kid's Bike Drive and Southern Oregon Cares for Kids (SOCK) are accepting both old and new bikes.
They are working with a repair shop to fix up any small damages old bikes may have. Bike donation pick-ups are available once a week and will be announced on the Rogue Valley Strong Kid's Bike Drive Facebook page. Co-founder of the bike drive, Christine Rio said their mission is to give kid's what they consider a childhood must have.
"We could help enrich a child's life. We do find great value and importance in children having bikes and that being apart of a childhood," Rio said.
Storage units are filled with bikes in Central Point, Bend and Ashland. The bikes will be given to kids during the organization's main event on December 10 and 11 at Arbor House in Talent. Volunteers will be matching kids with bikes based on their age and height.
The donations are being accepted at 301 East Main street in Medfordfrom 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.
The owners of 301 East Main street recieved the keys to the store just before the Almeda fire happened. They originally planned on turning it into a clothing store called Drip Squad Fashion, but once the fire broke out they decided to turn it into a donation location.
The store owners are also the founders of SOCK and decided to donate the store's inventory to fire victims. After one Facebook post calling for more donations, their store was filled.
"Folks were not really looking for a new clothing store at this time, they're looking to rebuild lives so thats what we're here to help with," Chief Operating Officer, SOCK program Cassandra easton said.
For more information on the bike drive visit www.rvkidsbikedrive.com.