Tuesday, March 5, 2024

BMW partners with nonprofit to collect kids, adult bikes for the homeless

Bicycles for children and adults are being collected through Dec. 15 by BMW Motorcycles of the Cape Fear to donate to those experiencing homelessness. (Port City Daily/file)

WILMINGTON — A means of transportation is being collected for individuals experiencing homeless in a collaborative effort between a nonprofit and automobile company.

BMW Motorcycles of the Cape Fear has partnered with Good Shepherd Center to collect new and gently used bicycles for community members who are homeless. Through Dec. 15, new children’s bikes as well as new or gently used adult bicycles can be dropped off at BMW, 5 Garris Road any day of the week between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

“We thought this was the perfect opportunity to marry our team’s love for bikes of all
kinds with our desire to help those in need in our community,” Shane Heffernan,
general manager of BMW Motorcycles, said in a press release.

The goal is two-fold: new bikes for children in need this Christmas and a means of reliable transportation for the unhoused.

“Riding motorcycles is all about community and camaraderie, and we want to extend that feeling to our neighbors who need support,” Heffernan said in the release.

Good Shepherd is the area’s largest homeless shelter and also offers a soup kitchen and rehousing services. During the holidays the nonprofits tries to go the extra mile to assist neighbors in crisis and ensure they have a special holiday season as well.

“We are only able to provide these special holiday services, such as our Toy Giveaway and Adopt-a-Family program, thanks to the generosity of community partners like BMW Motorcycles, who share our concern for our neighbors who do not have the resources for a nice Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas gifts for their children,” Good Shepherd’s Director of Community Engagement Liz Carbone said in the release. “Being able to give a child a new bicycle for Christmas, being able to give an adult a bicycle that will unlock housing, education, and employment opportunities for them, that is the type of gift that truly makes all the difference.”

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