Stolen bike leads to Pay it Forward Bike Drive

The group donated over 70 bikes and scooters for a bike drive organized by a Valley girl after her daughter’s bike was stolen from her faculty campus.

MARICOPA, Ariz. — After Leatrice Smiley’s 13-year-old lady’s new bicycle was stolen from her faculty’s campus in August, she turned to social media to ask others for assist. 

The submit gained a ton of consideration and an outpouring of assist from strangers asking to buy a brand new bike for her daughter.

“I posted asking people if anyone comes home with a bike, please return,” she mentioned. “A lot of people wanted to help, they wanted to donate a bike to her, one gentleman said I’ll buy her a new bike and lock but instead I wanted to wait a couple of days and see if it turned up.”

Instead, Smiley determined to flip the detrimental right into a optimistic alternative to give again. From that, got here the concept to give bikes to children who actually need them.

She turned to social media once more however this time with a distinct message. She requested for donations to assist make this concept, a actuality. 

Now they’ve 70 bikes, 5 scooters, dozens of volunteers and different provides like locks, helmets, tire tubes and chains pouring in from donations.

“My wife and I have reached out to every elementary school, principals and administration, in hopes that they can identify kids who walked to school and may not have access to bikes,” Smiley mentioned.

All the bikes and items will be donated to children of their group in want on October ninth at Pacana Park.

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