It’s a Saturday Spring morning. Volunteers are showing up by the two’s and three’s. Families and friends walk up. Mechanics are arriving. People from Feedback Sports, 6202 Cycling Club, Trek, American Family Insurance and many other companies arrive… American Furniture Warehouse provided trucks to safely transport the hundreds of bikes directly to the schools. The bikes are laid out in rows. Read more
Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:00 am | Updated: 9:12 am, Fri Jun 21, 2013.
As Alberto Stapleton walks across the floor of an empty warehouse, his tall, sturdy frame seems to disappear in the vast space.“This is a long ways from the eight storage units we used to have to work out of in Littleton,” said Stapleton. He serves as executive director of Project Recycle, a charity organization founded in 2008 that repairs donated bicycles and puts them in the hands of those less fortunate.Stapleton said the space, donated by the private developer who owns the building, has added momentum and reach to the group’s mission.
“We were actually surprised when we pulled all the bikes out of storage and set them up,” he said. “We had no idea how many we had because they were all stuffed into these public storage units, but now, we see how much more we have to give.”
The group moved into the space at 13796 Compark Blvd. in unincorporated Douglas County in October. Stapleton said the extra breathing room has fostered the addition of nine new bicycle repair stations, and the creation of a new resale shop called The Kick Stand.
While Project Recycle accepts bike donations of all makes, models and condition, some are not always a good for kids or the average rider, according to Stapleton.
Higher-end bikes, such as those with specialized frames or those that may have a higher resale value, are sold, and the proceeds go back into Project Recycle.
But Stapleton said the new space is just the beginning of bigger things to come.
“The bikes aren’t always just for kids,” he explained. “We have a lot of bikes for parents as well. Some need them to get to and from work or the bus; others often ride with their kids.”
Project Recycle, which has given away more than 3,000 bikes since its inception, is looking at expansions into Castle Rock, Colorado Springs and New Mexico.
Among Project ReCycle’s biggest needs right now is a pickup truck to pull a small covered trailer.
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us before that happens,” Stapleton said. “But it’s worth it, when you see that smile on a kid’s face. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”
For more information, visit Project ReCycle online at www.projectrecycle.org.
Help us Fix Donated Bikes in Englewood for Kids in Need
Volunteers Needed! If you haven’t heard, Project ReCycle now has a new donated beautiful facility in Engelwood. We have endearingly named it “The Kick Stand”. It is filled right now with bikes that have been donated that need a quick clean up, repair and tune up. We are racing the clock as we ready these bicycles for the holiday season. Can you imagine how many kids in need will smile when they receive one of these bikes? Read more
This weekend was all about the Tony’s Ride but Monday was all about AJ.
In case you haven’t heard, Mitch Jelniker awarded our founder of Project ReCycle, AJ Stapleton with the Channel 7 Everyday Hero award.
With days away from our first fundraiser we continue to make news. Today our Executive Director AJ Stapleton spent some time on KLZ (560am) with Ralph Grills from My favorite non-profit, and Eric and Angel from Experience Pros. Watch the video of the interview and learn a bit more about 3t Ministry.
He rides away, and pedals as hard as his shark bike will allow him. A certain glow in his eyes filled with happiness, and freedom. Shouting with excitement while the wind blows through his new, green, helmet. Looking back only to say thank you, and then he rides to face the world.
Two weeks ago, my two sisters, and myself, bought a shark bike and a spider man bike for the 3T Ministry bike drive. We had been saving our money, so that we would be able to donate a bike to 3T Ministry. What better way to spend the money that we saved, so bring joy into someone else’s heart. Read more
If you have heard the expression a picture is worth a thousand words, than what is a video worth? enjoy some of the pictures of this year’s event.
420 bikes given away to another wonderful community in Denver.
additional videos : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n4XeHqaWuc
Who: Folks with a servant’s heart. Extra need for folks who know anything about bicycle repairs, even if you just know how to fix a flat!
When: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 9am-1pm.
What: Inner City Health Center’s 13th Annual Kid’s Fair hosted by 3t Ministry. Last year, we turned over 500 bicycles, helmets & locks, and it gets bigger every year. Some of the bicycles that are donated are ready to go, some need minor repairs and/or adjustments, and some are not worth fixing but we use them for parts bikes. Read more