Pedals for Progress/Sewing Peace (P4P/SP), in its continuing effort to recycle unwanted items properly, is having a used bike and sewing machine collection sponsored by The Vineland Rotary Club in memory of Henry Hansen.
Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate his or her bike to this worthy cause. Rotary does not accept “bikes for parts” or disassembled bikes. It also accepts working portable sewing machines and sewing notions (no fabric).
Bikes and sewing machines can be dropped off rain or shine on Saturday October 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at DNS Solutions, 2898 S. Main Rd., Vineland, NJ 08360.
P4P/SP collects 3,000 to 5,000 items annually and transfers this material wealth to those more needy. To date, more than 166,000 bicycles and 6,000 sewing machines have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe.
In these countries the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. Bikes provide reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting product to market, and greater mobility accessing health care and other services.
Sewing machine shipments help initiate educational programs and generate income opportunities that may otherwise remain out of reach for many people. Steady employment for adults is vital to the development and success of struggling communities.
It costs an average of $52 to collect, process, and ship each bicycle. A donation toward shipping costs is necessary for the continued success of the program ($20 per bike or sewing machine is suggested). All cash and material donations are fully deductible and a receipt will be provided on site.
P4P/SP is a 501(c)(3) corporation and a registered charity in five states including New Jersey.Brochures explaining this innovative program will be available at the collection site.
P4P seeks donations of wrenches for our overseas shops. For detailed information about its overseas projects and a current schedule of bicycle and sewing machine collections, visit p4p.org.