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Kiwanis seeks used bikes, trikes

by Rosemarie Middendorf

With summer rapidly approaching, have you become aware that your youngsters have outgrown that tricycle or bicycle, and it just seems to be in the way? We suggest that you donate these items to the Gardnerville, Minden Kiwanis Club.

Year-round, they collect repairable bicycles and other wheeled items. These bikes may be in need of repair or just to be cleaned up. Your donations may be dropped off at the Town of Gardnerville Office, 1369 Highway 395 (place them near the blue barrels) or at the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District, 931 Mitch Drive between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If a pick-up is necessary, call Jerry Rasmussen at 265-9406.

The Kiwanis Club provides the finances for the repairs of all bicycles donated. They are assisted by the youngsters at China Spring Youth Camp and Rite of Passage, who repair the items through the year. All wheeled vehicles are donated to project Santa Claus.

The Kiwanis program, in its ninth year, has been very successful.

“Our goal is to collect 100 or more bicycles for distribution to kids through the Project Santa Claus program,” says Rasmussen, chairman of the bicycle collection.

Project Santa Claus operates under the auspices of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. The bicycles and other wheels give Project Santa Claus a big boost toward providing many youngsters with a great Christmas according to Marilyn Malkmus, director of project Santa Claus.