Bike Ministry

Bike ministry at Grace Presbyterian reaches homeless, needy By Gail Hollenbeck, 


Mel Tuck Introduces Bike Ministry

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In 1998 a small group of men from Grace church began repairing donated bicycles to provide them to needy children and adults. This ministry is continuing and as of the end of 2013 we have donated 1700 bikes. The bikes we repair are donated by church members and others familiar with this ministry. The bikes are usually in a range of disrepair – most need new tires and tubes, but some may need chains, seats, handlebars, shifters and reflectors as well as general clean up and lubrication. The costs for the needed parts are provided by the church budget and by donations from a variety of sources. When this ministry began, many of the bikes were donated to the migrant worker community in Dade City. However, with the recent depressed economy, there is a great need for these bikes in Spring Hill and the Hernando county area. Most of the adult bikes go to People Helping People, a muliti-denominational organization serving local homeless people, many of the children’s bikes go to Bay Care, a center for working with children having behavioral problems, and others go to people identified by church members. Anyone needing one of these bikes can be considered by contacting the church office at 352-683-2082. The bike ministry currently operates in the church garage on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 am to noon. Usually from mid October to mid May – the cooler months of the year.

9 Responses to Bike Ministry

  1. Patrick Ried says:

    I have 2 kids bikes that need minor repairs. 1 to the handle bars and the other the foot pedals. I was wondering if you would take them and repair them for the needy kids in the area for Christmas?
    If not would you know who would take them, I hate to throw them out.
    Thank you, Patrick.

  2. Margaret Cornwell says:

    I have 9 bikes that I would like to donate to this bike ministry. I am dealing with a husband who has brain cancer and who didn’t have time to finish fixing all the bikes.
    I will need someone to call me and hopefully pick up the bikes as I have no way to get them to you. My home phone is 727-475-9844

  3. Jude says:

    I have three adult bikes to donate. two are in fair, ridable condition. o e needs parts or could be used for parts. do I need an appointment to bring them to you?

  4. Chris Kless says:

    If this program is still open, I have an 80’s era sport road bike I would like to donate. It needs a new chain and handlebar tape and some paint. Has new tubes and tires and comes with a digital odometer. Would like to see it go to a decent cause. I can drop it off this week.

    • paulG says:

      Dear Chris Kless,
      We will very much appreciate your donation. You can visit us Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 9am-12:00
      Thank you!

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