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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bike Lady is looking to provide 500 bikes this Christmas!


Dear Friends of the Bike Lady,

From my home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

For three years, I have asked you to join me in donating bicycles to the Franklin County Holiday Wish program to benefit local kids under the care of Franklin County Children Services (FCCS). To date, your generosity has created immense holiday magic and you’ve given a new bike, helmet and lock to 861 children with a history of abuse and neglect. Earlier today, on Thanksgiving, I looked back at some delivery video from last year and I give thanks for your annual support. You are amazing.

New kids enter the system every day and you don’t come under the care of FCCS unless you’ve experienced unfathomable trauma, astounding poverty or are completely alone without a single relative to care for you. These kids want a family, stability, security and love. A bike seems miniscule compared to their true holiday wish, but we’ve learned in the past three years that bikes truly change these young lives. And in most cases, what these children receive from FCCS Holiday Wish will be their only gift this holiday season. Seeing a new bike under the tree brings tears of joy, squeals of delight and hours upon hours of riding joy.

You make Bike Lady come to life each year. Your participation is the sprinkling of fairy dust needed to create this holiday magic. With a goal of 500 bikes and over $35,000 total to raise, it’s a long haul in such a tough economy with so many struggling financially. If you can, please help.

Spread the word, follow the progress at Bike Lady Inc. on Facebook, forward this email and, of course, donate:

  • Donate online at www.bikelady.org
  • Or mail a check payable to Bike Lady, Inc., PO Box 311, Blacklick, OH 43004
  • Or select and purchase a bike, helmet and lock, then drop them off at FCCS Holiday Wish Santa's Workshop at 855 W. Mound Street, M-F, 8-5.

Bike Lady Inc is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity. Your donation is tax deductible per IRS guidelines. EVERY dollar goes directly to the purchase of bikes, helmets and locks, and all bikes are donated to FCCS Holiday Wish to be matched by caseworkers to children under care.

Special thanks to Westerville ABB employees who have already raised over $3,000. The ABB Foundation will match their efforts and double their total donation. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits is once again a huge sponsor with their gift of $4,999, and Wal-Mart and Bell Helmets will help make every dollar go further. Abbruzzese Brothers, Inc. is the best bike hauler in town when not landscaping, and year after year transport our precious cargo. And the Harmony Project will hold their winter concert December 14th and 15th raising hope, toys and bikes for FCCS kids.

Thanks to these organizations, we’re already rolling. Please join us. Truly, no donation is too small. I ask that if you have a little to share, could you give a kid a bike? You’ll change their life.

Forever grateful,

Kate Koch Gatch
Executive Director
Bike Lady, Inc.
PO Box 311
Blacklick, OH 43004
614.946.6463
Facebook: Bike Lady Inc.

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