New charity brings bikes to Triangle kids

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hundreds of local kids will receive new bikes this holiday season when a new charity rolls into town.

The Spokes Group, a nonprofit that distributes new bicycles and helmets to underprivileged children for winter holidays, is coming to the Triangle area.

In cooperation with the Salvation Army of Wake County, the group has set a goal of donating 200 bikes this year by raising, at $70 per bike-and-helmet set, or a total of $14,000.

Founded in Charlotte in 1994 by local businessmen Andy Beard and Richard Dunn, the group decided to expand when Raleigh locals Jenn Nowalk and Ashley Wilson, sister-in-law of one of the Charlotte founders, recognized the extent of the need in the Triangle.

“The Salvation Army has been in the toy distribution business for many years, and bicycles, while they top the list for kids, are the most difficult toy to come by,” Ashley Delamar, director of operations and communications for the Salvation Army of Wake County, says in a statement.

The Triangle Spokes Group is accepting donations from individuals and businesses by mail, and will take online donations beginning in October.

One hundred percent of donations will go toward the purchase of bikes and helmets, the organization says, with the group’s staff covering all administrative expenses personally.

In the 13 years since its inception, the Charlotte Spokes Group branch has partnered with the Salvation Army to donate 14,176 bicycles.

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