Bikes for Kids

Bikes For Kids was created in 2018 when Pete Paulsen attended a yard sale held by local business owner Vince Haro. Upon Pete’s arrival to the yard sale he noticed a heap of bicycles that were rusty and in need of a little TLC, which Vince had for sale. Right then and there Pete had a great idea and asked Vince if he would be willing to give the bicycles to him so that he could fix them up and donate them to kids whose families couldn’t afford to purchase one for one reason or another. Vince also thought that it was a great idea and gave Pete the bikes the next day.

         In a two-week period, Pete and his crew were able to bring the used bikes back to life by making sure everything was back in working order. It was no easy task though; it took several days and dollars to repair the bikes by replacing the needed parts as well as ridding them of the rust that had built up on them. Last Christmas Pete was able to donate over 30 bikes; most of which went to Haven of Peace here in French Camp.

         After seeing all the joy and smiles that he had brought to the kids’ faces that Christmas, Mr. Paulsen decided that he was going to try and collect a hundred bikes to hand out for the following Christmas of 2019. Since then people from all around the area have been bringing us in used bikes that they either had laying around the house, collected from friends and family or even ones that they may have found on the side of the road. After Mr. Paulsen and his crew receive a bike, they fix anything that may need to be repaired, such as replacing with new innertubes or tires and by replacing a broken chain (just to name some of the things they do). After the repairs are made, they detail and polish the bikes to be donated.

         Since its inception, Bikes For Kids has donated nearly 500 bicycles to families in need.


Pete Paulsen
French Camp, CA

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