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Otterbein United Methodist Church in Hagerstown collecting bikes, sewing machines

April 13, 2011

Otterbein United Methodist Church in Hagerstown is sponsoring its seventh annual bicycle collection in conjunction with Bikes for the World.

Hagerstown Rotary Club is also providing assistance in the collection efforts. Collecting bicycles and portable sewing machines to send to those in need in an underdeveloped country, this effort also reduces waste in the United States. A bike that you no longer use helps someone in an underdeveloped country get to work or school, and a working, portable sewing machine provides an opportunity for income and self-sufficiency.

Bicycles and sewing machines can be dropped off at the  church parking lot Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. A $10 per item donation will be accepted to help defray the cost of shipping and distribution to overseas partners.  

Bicycles accepted are mountain bikes (most preferred), one-speed "cruiser" and three-speed bicycles, road/ten-speed bikes, children's bikes, tandems, recumbents, unicycles, folding bikes, and mopeds (in working condition). Also accepted are spare bike parts, accessories, books and manuals, and tools suitable for working on bikes such as screwdrivers, wrenches and hammers.

All bicycles received should be in repairable condition and generally rust free. Sewing machines must be portable and in working condition — no cabinets or furniture. A receipt will be provided for all material and cash donations.

For more information, or to make special arrangements for pick-up, call Cindy Brown at 301-739-9386 or Mike Johnston at 301-331-9153.

The bicycle donation program is made possible through the Bikes for the World program of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and the association's international affiliates and partners.

Otterbein United Methodist Church is at the corner of Franklin and Locust streets in Hagerstown.

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