We made it! 511 Bikes!!
Thanks to the donations from over 240 people from 5 states, we reached our goal. You've really made Christmas special for 511 children this year. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for all you did. Merry Christmas!
The Toys for Tots program extends back to the late 1940’s as a charitable program of the United States Marine Corps. We directly support two Marine groups who distribute toys throughout Allegheny, Butler, and Beaver Counties as well as throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Our bicycle drive helps fill an important role for children in the Toys for Tots program. Bigger ticket items must be donated directly to the Marines as they are limited in what they can spend to purchase a toy.
We raise money and buy brand new bikes that we give directly to the Marines. Please help support our program by purchasing a bike. (Click the "donate" button below.)
We’d love to have your help in transporting the bicycles and delivering them to the Marines on Thursday December 11th, 2014 at the Wildwood Country Club. Please sign up below.
We began this bike drive in 2008 with the support and help of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors who have sponsored an annual luncheon to support Toys for Tots. Financial Planner Al Todd had served on the board for many years and had learned that larger, more expensive items must be donated to the Marines as they are limited on what they may purchase. The Marines made mention that some bicycles were in need.
Al grew up riding his bike everywhere. He decided that every child should have the opportunity to have a bike to ride. That year, and with the ongoing support of his company, Thrivent Financial, he raised funds to purchase 31 bicycles. In 2009, funds were raised for 78. 2010 saw 166 bicycles delivered. In 2011 there were 200 and in 2012, it grew to 300 bicycles.
We purchase our bikes from Walmart in Gibsonia, PA. They are terrific to work with and we appreciate their generous support of the program.
Thrivent and it’s local chapter continue to support our fundraising efforts, but we really need your help. Please consider donating to our cause.
Spread the love this holiday season, and put a smile on a child's face. With your donation, a child will have the opportunity to have the right of passage of riding a bike.
You can also make a donation via PayPal.
If you would like to share in the joy and help us load and distribute bikes, please fill out the form to the right.
All donors and volunteers are welcome to a lunch following the drive. If you would like to attend, please fill out the form to the right.
If you’d like to donate by check, please make your check payable to “Al's Bike Drive”. You can mail it to “Al’s Bike Drive, 1736 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park, PA 15101”
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Special thanks go out to all the companies that graciously contribute to our cause.