NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In July 2020, TAPinto New Providence and Berkeley Heights reported that Faith Lutheran of New Providence collected and repaired 170 used bikes from residents of New Providence, Berkeley Heights and neighboring towns.  The collection was conducted on behalf of Pedals for Progress, an organization which recycles bikes for persons in developing countries.  Faith contributed $1,700 toward the shipment of the bikes.
 
The above picture, sent to Faith by Pedals for Progress, demonstrates how completely and creatively the recipients use their bikes.
 
In the United States, daily transportation occurs conveniently with little or no forethought.  This is not the case in developing countries, where a village may not have one car.  The mode of transportation for commuting to work, going to market and receiving medical care is frequently a pedal bike. 
 
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Later this year, Faith will again be asking persons to donate bikes for Faith to process through Pedals for Progress. A person may ask Faith to pick up the bike from his/her house or deliver the bike to Faith.  If one wishes to donate a bike before the request, one may place the bike by the shed at the back of Faith's parking lot.  
 
Since 2002 Faith has been participating in the Pedals for Progress program.  For the past five years, Casey Walsh has chaired the ministry for Faith.
 
The pastor of Faith is Rev. Jane McCready.  Faith is located at 524 South Street in New Providence.  Visit online at famfaith.org or call 908-464-5177.