Despite challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, the Rotary Club of Pasadena is continuing its cycle of giving this holiday season by gifting nearly 150 bicycles to local children on Thursday.
The organization’s “Bikes for Christmas” event, in partnership with Huffy Corp., is now in its fifth year, said Rotary Club of Pasadena Co-Chair Colleen Carey.
In the past, the club gave away as many as 300 bikes to disadvantaged children, Carey said.
“But with COVID, many challenges were faced and therefore the number of bicycles that we will be delivering on Thursday is 146 bicycles. And that is simply because that’s all Huffy Bicycles could manage.”
Huffy provides the bikes at cost, Carey explained. “And that’s key because we couldn’t afford to do this if they were at retail price.”
But factory closures due to COVID-19 in China, where the bikes are built, as well as trade tariffs, complicated the situation this year, she said.
The Rotary Club of Pasadena is spearheading the effort with assistance from the Altadena Rotary Club, the San Marino Rotary Club, the Pasadena After Hours Rotary Club, the Salvation Army, the Huntington Hospital Foundation, and Around the Cycle, according to the Rotary Club of Pasadena.
The club works with community organizations to identify children in need.
“The recipient families are identified via the [Pasadena Unified School District], The Salvation Army, the Ville Parke Community Center, and the [Pasadena Police Department] as community members in need,” the organization said in a written statement.
Each bicycle comes with a helmet and a lock and is registered to the new owner with the police so they can be returned if they go missing, according to the club.
More information on the Rotary Club of Pasadena and its activities can be found on the club’s website at pasadenarotary.com.