Nearly 100 bicycles were donated to GreenTown Los Altos’ 21st annual ReCYCLE Bike Drive, held last month at Los Altos High School.
Once cleaned and repaired, the bikes will be donated to students in need at Los Altos High, Castro Elementary School and Graham Middle School.
Volunteers from GreenTown and Los Altos High as well as local residents worked on the bikes at an Oct. 14 event, washing them, pumping up tires and making any basic repairs necessary.
“Our volunteers are the best,” said Kathleen Santora, who initiated the drive at St. Nicholas Catholic School and later partnered with GreenTown. “When we first started, the volunteers from the school community were so supportive and very helpful. Now, the new group of volunteers have really been the nicest people and we are so grateful for them.”
Los Altos High stores the bikes, half of which were donated to local students. The other half went to Hope Services’ Cycles of Hope program to support disabled adults, according to GreenTown representatives. Hope Services handles the more difficult repairs and delivers the bikes.
“It really is amazing,” Santora said. “My goal was to get all of the bikes not being used in people’s garages and give them to people who will actually use them. We’ve had great support every year.”
Over the years, Santora and GreenTown have partnered with not only Los Altos High, but also Santa Rita School, Blach Intermediate School and Egan Junior High to collect bikes and promote the event.
“I feel like my heart is growing. It is a wonderful feeling because there are always so many volunteers and donations. It is kind of overwhelming that we’ve been doing it for 20 years,” Santora said prior to last month’s drive. “I am grateful for the community for joining me and wanting to recycle bikes and share it with others who are less fortunate. I live in such a generous community.”
Santora added that the event will continue next year – and beyond.
To participate in next year’s ReCYCLE Bike Drive and for more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org.