Local man launches Bikes for Tots Foundation

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 05:26 PM.

Donors have already contributed enough to brighten the faces of 10 children on Christmas morning.

“I just blinked an eye and surpassed my goal ... Now my goal is 15 bikes,” said MacBride, who said he isn’t worried about meeting that goal. “It strikes a chord with people; we all grew up riding bikes. Remember the memories you had as a kid.”

Donations can be made in any amount. And with $80 funding a single bicycle, MacBride said the number of full donations has been surprising.

“I think the biggest shock I’ve seen is getting whole bikes,” said MacBride, who initially thought it might take 20 or 30 locals to fund the same 10 bikes. “They all have been full bikes or more.”

He said the outpouring of support for the initiative has come from all over, some locally and some “out of left field,” with the first donation coming from MacBride’s friend from high school, who lives in Hawaii.

Miramar Beach’s Robin’s Bikes and Fitness is joining in to help inform the public and act as a collection spot for cash and check donations.

“We’re the home base for people coming in,” said bike shop owner Robin Wilkes, who will spread the word with people who visit the shop. “It’s a simple idea – that every child should know the pure joy of bike riding. We are happy to support the cause.”

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