Along with the awesome help of Ed McPherson of ProActive Philanthropy, Jim Stevens of Gifts to Give and Kim Camara of Yesteryear Cyclery , a coordinated effort was launched and over 50 bicycles were donated to the Door of Hope Pantry Lawrence MA and Awana Club of Lawrence MA.
What a rewarding feeling to see the happy faces on these underpriviledged children and families when something nice is done for them. PAYING IT FORWARD…………..
Below is a copy of a beautiful email thank you we received from Wagner Valenzuela of Centro Cristiano Caminó de la Salvación.
Hi my name is Wagner Valenzuela on behalf of Door of Hope Pantry and Awana clubs in Lawrence we like to thank you for your donations to the programs, your hard work to make things happen really make an impact and put a lot smiles on faces not only kid’s but also parents, grandparents, aunts , uncles , tutors etc. From the original thought to the people who pumped every tire and to the one who made that extra mile to deliver….. THANK YOU everyone. Attached we are sending you some of the photos taken ((and some other photos the parents promise to turn in with the kids reaction but not yet )).
We give a lot of refurbished bikes throughout the year to many deserving causes. Now that school is out for the summer and kids are playing everywhere we have started a new program to help out deserving underprivileged kids in the greater southcoast area.
It is open to boys and girls aged 12 years old and younger. They simply have to send us an email letter telling us why they need a free bike and our staff reviews the letters. Every friday, we award a shiny rebuilt bike to the kid’s who sent in the best letter. It varies from week to week. Some times we only give away a single bike but one week we had 6 winners !!!!
If you are lucky enough to qualify and win, you have to come into the store with at least one parent or adult and you have to fill out a “Good Kid Contract”( see below ).
This program has been very successful and parents love the contract !!! We give them a copy to take home and tell their children that if they don’t adhere to the rules of the contract, the bike will be returned to the store and a more deserving child will get it instead, Just our part in helping make kids into better adults. With bicycles and respect for their parents.
We were very proudto join with the New Bedford school department and donate free bikes to students who had attained a perfect attendance record during the entire 2018 school year. There are 19 elementary schools in the greater New Bedford area and all were invited to participate, We had a “brainstorming” meeting at the Gifts to GIve Philanthropy Factory last September to come up with a way to distribute some of the hundreds of good used bikes we had amassed over the past 2 years.
Generous local folks donate their used and broken bikes to the center and we in turn repurpose them, restore them and help with their distribution throughout the greater Southcoast area. Together with dirctor James Stevens, we had a “glut” of available bikes so he called together this meeting of local area agencies that could potentially benefit from free bikes and the school attendance promotion was born.
Darcie Aungst , principal of the Congdon and DeValles school in New Bedford’s southend was the first to jump on board and run with it. At the close of school on June 21st, our phone started ringing off the hook with excited students that had qualified for a free bike !
The kids started arriving soon after, always accompanied with their families and the staff here at the shop helped them pick out a shiny refurbished bike from a pile of dozens we had prepared for them.
The smiles and joy on those families faces when their little angels got a new bike made this program so worth all the work it took to pull off.
We have not yet heard from some of the other schools but in the upcoming days expect more bikes to be given away. Earlier in the school year we also through the Gifts to Give program, with oversight from Mr. Stevens, gave a dozen bikes to the Nativity Prep School located in downtown New Bedford.
It’s such a great feeling to help, even in the smallest way, a child to grow up to be a better person through such a small act as getting a new bike !!! Special thanks again to Jim Stevens from Gifts to Give for his never ending efforts to make the world a better place.
The boys of Yesteryear have been going on regular Sunday rides on their new Giant ATB’s. Many local trails are victims. Sometimes the rider wins and comes home victorious and sometimes the trail wins… as the link below will show. ( enjoy )
Very often people come by the store with 1,2 or even more old “beaters” they’ve taken out of the garage or cellar and ask to trade them in for a new bike. We have very strict guidelines in the used bike department regarding condition, brand/make and overall quality of a bike we take in trade. we try to be diplomatic if someone “pushes” in an old Walmart clunker with warped wheels and broken cables, covered in rust and ask… “How about a hundred for my Betsy here? “.
Well we have partnered up with Bob Cormier from “Gifts to Give”, a local philanthropic organization and act as a middle man to funnel these less than perfect used bikes to a great cause… ( see picture ). If the bike needs mild to moderate attention, we will repair and tune it up so that its a safe bike, sometimes using used parts or new ones and then donate it. If the bike is a bit better and requires little or no work, we tag it as a G.T.G. bike, put a price on it and sell it as such. We then take that money and either donate it directly to GTG or use some of it to pay for new parts used to repair others. All our labor to refurbish any of these bikes is donated and done by our mechanics on their own time. If a bike is just a “total loss” we then stockpile them and bring them to a local scrap yard and sell them for weight.
So if you’ve got an old klunker you want to get rid of… PLEASE feel free to bring it by and donate it to Gifts to Give so that someone less fortunate than us can benefit. It makes you feel good and doesn’t cost a dime. THANKS !
Well people, in case you haven’t noticed, the shop has gone into winter “hibernation” mode ! Our new relaxed hours are Friday and Saturday from 9-5 ONLY. If you get lonely for a Yesteryear “fix”.. you can check out our new “live cam” link on the sidebar. Here you can keep a constant eye on us and make sure we’re not goofing off !!! You can also leave an email on the “contact us” page and we’ll get back to you but until mid-march it’s weekends only. 2014 looks like a very exciting year in the bicycle industry. Look for lots of FAT BIKES, Electric assist bikes, full suspension ATB’s and especially the brand new 650b ( 27.5) mountain bike. A few companies are offering these for ’14 but GIANT bikes are going to be the hottest and we’re gonna have them.
Just found out that TREK bicycles have aquired Electra bikes ( who make the Townie line ) so distribution should be even better in 2014. Shimano and Pearl Izumi is offering all kinds of new clothing and shoes and we will have it all in the spring. The New Bedford Bicycle Committee is going under a bunch of changes, including a yet to be named new prez, so watch out for tons of news. Group rides, bike path street markings, events, etc. ( www.nbbike.org ). In the early spring the city department of infrastructure will be picking up the Saris workstations from the shop and installing them downtown and at Fort Taber. Look for updates both in the Standard Times and here on the website. Also in the planning is an early spring “Bike Flea Market and Swap Meet” to be held on Yesteryear property. Booths will be available and this will be a great chance to both sell and buy TONS of cool bike stuff. Watch for further details !!!
Well, I’m personally going to pick out a piece of pink sand, get myself a fruity drink and try to forget about the thousands of bicycles I fixed last year. You, however, need to get those bikes up on that trainer, put on the lycra and start crankin’….. Spring starts Thursday March 20th !!!!