PLAINFIELD, NJ — Dairy Queen in Plainfield is a go-to place for delicious soft serve and ice cream cakes; it is also known for its bicycle giveaways held several times a year. Owner Donna Albanese recently sent an email to volunteers stating that the goal of the giveaways is to get more bicycles on the road.
"We want needy families to have the opportunity to ride to school, work, exercise or just ride for fun."
Albanese and her husband Rich “the Bike guy” have been holding this free event for years, and to date, approximately 3,000 bikes have been given away. Another 150 free bikes will be given to those in need who cannot otherwise afford to purchase a new bike on Saturday, November 30 at 8 a.m. Helmets will also be available.
The previously-owned bikes have been repaired and restored by Rich, and several volunteers assist on the day of the event. There is always a crowd, so families are encouraged to get there early as a line often forms.
Albanese said that The Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey will "donate $500 to offset some of the cost of bicycle parts needed for repairs."
The giveaway takes place in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen and The Coffee Box located at 1367 South Avenue. Helmets will be distributed at 7:30 a.m., and the first bike will be given away at 8 a.m.
Additional parking is available in the supermarket parking lot, and next door at the preschool. The event will be held rain or shine.
The Coffee Box will be open at 7 a.m. for coffee, tea and breakfast treats.
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