LIVINGSTON, NJ - Pedals for Progress (P4P) will be holding a used bicycle collection on Saturday, September 20 in which items collected will be donated to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. The event is being sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Livingston and the Livingston High School Interact Club.

Residents who own adult or children’s bicycles in repairable condition are urged to donate them to this worthy cause. Working portable sewing machines will be accepted as well. “Bikes for parts” or disassembled bicycles will not be accepted. In addition, P4P is also seeking donations of wrenches for overseas shops.

Bikes, sewing machines and wrenches can be dropped off from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the West Essex YMCA, which is located at 321 S. Livingston Ave.

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P4P collects 3,000 to 5,000 bicycles annually and transfers the material wealth to people in need. To date, more than 142,000 bicycles have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. The bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to working adults. The bikes provide them with reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting products to market or accessing health care and other services. Steady employment for workers is vital to the development and success of these economies and these bikes are very helpful to their new owners.

It costs $40 for the collection, processing, shipping, rebuilding and distribution of each bicycle. Therefore, a donation toward shipping costs is mandatory, with a suggested minimum of $10 per bike.

All cash and material donations are fully tax-deductible and a receipt will be available at the collection site.

Pedals for Progress is a 501©(3) corporation and a registered charity in the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont and Iowa. Brochures explaining this innovative program will be available at the collection site. For detailed information about overseas projects and a current schedule of bicycle collections, click HERE.

For more information on the bike collection, contact Peter at pdakich@yahoo.com or by phone at (973) 477-9784; or contact Jeanne at jrp6673@yahoo.com or (973) 994-4640.