Ninth Annual Gila County Bike Give-away
For the 9th straight year, Santa’s helpers have been busy refurbishing bikes to distribute to less fortunate children in Gila County at Christmas. 140 rebuilt bikes will be distributed by various organizations including DES, CPS, Payson Public Safety & Fire Departments and officials in the communities of Miami, Hayden and San Carlos.
Added this year will be a bike safety helmet for each bicycle, the helmet is provided by Gila County Injury Prevention Program. (GCIP) is a grant funded Gila County program aimed at promoting safety.
Bicycle helmets, car seat, and ATV safety classes are some of the topics offered to the community.
The shop for bike rebuilding is located at the Gila County Recycling and Landfill Management site in Globe with Department of Correction (DOC) labor refurbishing bikes that are collected from the landfill or donated by the public and the Payson Police Department.
All parts are purchased by the Gila County Recycling and Landfill Management Department using funds received from recycling efforts and a $3,000 donation from BHP Billiton Copper.
With a great team of DOC bike experts, the bicycles are repainted. New seats, tires, tubes and handgrips are added as needed in order to make the bikes better than brand new, to the delight of the deserving children that receive them.
This annual bike giveaway is made possible by assistance from The Gila County Board of Supervisors and their employees, Department of Corrections headed by Deputy Warden April Robinson, Shelley Vuksanovich for her artistic talents and Candy Brooks for countless hours of shopping for parts and hauling bikes.
The Gila County recycling effort which includes metal, paper, plastic and tires along with the diversion of oil, batteries and computers, adds one month per year to the life of our landfills.