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Free Bikes 4 Kidz seeking donations to provide used bicycles to children

The Free Bikes 4 Kidz program is being done in partnership with 11 bike shops in north and central NM that plan to give away 500 bicycles this summer to youngsters in need. (Courtesy of Bikes4kidz)

Want to help a youngster get going on their first bike? Do you have an old one in disrepair or that you’re no longer using?

Consider donating to the UPS-sponsored Free Bikes 4 Kidz program in partnership with 11 local bike shops in north and central New Mexico to help get more kids on wheels this summer.

The program’s goal is to give away 500 bicycles and the first annual bike donation weekend is Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos. The sites are offering drive-thru service.

In Albuquerque drop off bikes – including tricycles, balance bikes and bike accessories – at Balloon Fiesta Park or at Sport Systems, 6915 Montgomery NE, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

In Santa Fe, the donation site is Santa Fe Place Mall, near Applebee’s, 4250 Cerrillos Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

In Los Alamos, from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday bikes can be taken to the IHM Catholic Church Parish Hall at 3700 Canyon Road.

There are additional ongoing donation sites at participating local bike shops through April in all three cities. To see the lists, donate, volunteer or apply for a bike, visit fb4knm.org/

Organizers said that a donation of as little as $25 enables them to refurbish a bike for a New Mexico youngster. And thanks to a match from the Outride Fund, charitable contributions will be doubled, organizers said.

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