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Recycle Your Bicycle to help Valley kids in foster care!

Posted at 3:56 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 13:03:45-04

PHOENIX – ABC15 and Earnhardt Auto Centers kick off the 2019 Recycle Your Bicycle campaign on Monday, Aug. 26 to help Arizona kids in the foster care system.

Throughout the month of September, Earnhardt Auto Centers will collect new and gently used bicycles at all 19 dealerships throughout the Valley:

Earnhardt Buick GMC 6315 E Auto Park Dr Mesa 85206

Earnhardt Cadillac 7901 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Scottsdale 85260

Earnhardt Chandler Cadillac 1450 S Gilbert Rd Chandler 85286

Earnhardt Chevrolet 2121 N Arizona Ave Chandler 85225

Earnhardt Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 1521 E Drivers Way Gilbert 85297

Earnhardt Ford 7300 W Orchid Ln Chandler 85226

Earnhardt Honda 10151 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323

Earnhardt Hyundai Avondale 10401 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323

Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale 8445 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Scottsdale 85260

Earnhardt Kia 2121 E Bell Rd Phoenix 85022

Earnhardt Lexus 800 E Camelback Rd Phoenix 85014

Earnhardt Volkswagen 1489 E Motorplex Loop Gilbert 85297

Earnhardt Toyota Scion 6136 E Auto Loop Ave Mesa 85206

Earnhardt Peoria Kia 17431 N 91st Ave Peoria 85382

Rodeo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 20717 E Victoria Lane Queen Creek 85142

Rodeo Ford 13680 W Test Dr Goodyear 85338

Rodeo Hyundai 12925 N Autoshow Ave Surprise 85388

Rodeo Kia 10685 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323

San Tan Hyundai 3252 S Auto Way Gilbert 85297

ABC15 also will highlight the need in the community through stories both on-air and on digital platforms.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, ABC15 will host a phone bank from 9 – 10 a.m. and 4 – 7 p.m. to collect cash donations for the effort. Those donations will go towards the program including buying bike supplies like tubes, tires, new seats and cleaning supplies.

On Friday, Sept. 21, ABC15 will be live from Earnhardt Lexus in Phoenix from 11a.m. – noon and from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. encouraging people to donate bikes.

The Arizona Association for Foster & Adoptive Parents will help distribute all the bicycles collected during the drive to children during this winter’s holiday season. The organization’s goal is to support, educate, empower and provide a unified voice for Arizona’s foster and adoptive families and to increase the well-being and stability of the state’s most vulnerable children.

According to Arizona Department of Child Safety, currently there are over 13,000 children in the foster care system. Many times, they enter foster care with no more than the clothes on their back. Our partners at Recycle Your Bicycle want to make sure every child can participate in a normal part of growing up – riding a bike.

"We are so grateful to the entire community, ABC15 and Earnhardt Auto Centers for their help serving kids in foster care across Arizona with the Recycle Your Bicycle program,” said Joe Jacober, coordinator of the Recycle Your Bicycle program. “Getting your first bike is a memory our volunteers believe every child should have and this program makes it possible for more than 1,000 kids in foster care again this year."

Recycle your Bicycle started in 2009 with one volunteer and one bike. Over the years, it has grown into a year-round collection effort. In 2018, the program distributed more than 1,300 bikes.

“Earnhardt Auto Centers has partnered with ABC15 and the Recycle Your Bicycle Program for several years. The participation from the Phoenix community, combined with the enthusiasm of our staff has just been amazing,” said Tex Earnhardt, founder, Earnhardt Auto Centers. “The number of bicycles donated is growing each year and as a result, even more deserving kids in the Arizona Foster Care Program have benefited. We absolutely love this program and are looking forward to participating again this year.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can CLICK HERE for more information.