Bicycle Ministry

Our Bicycle Ministry provides refurbished and gently used bikes to the needy in Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Our team leader depends on donations of bicycles from anywhere and everywhere. If you have a bicycle to donate contact the church office or Trevor Charlton

Bicycle Ministry Report for 2017

In its 9th year of operation the Bicycle Ministry had a spectacular 2017, increasing output by 22.7% The supply of bicycles also continued to grow as we saw regular donations from Pinellas Suncoast Transport Authority (PTSA), Flying Fish, Westchase, Chainwheel, Palm Harbor, Westchase Rotary Club, Metropolitan Ministries, Church Members, and many individuals around Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando Counties. Additionally, we were invited to clear out a lock up in Largo in the Spring which gave us 80 bikes, many spare parts, tools and around $200 in scrap money. We received some excellent bikes this last year and in particular some high quality road bikes which enabled us to be able to raise some additional funds for spare parts and equipment. We received in excess of 900 bicycles during the year.  Many thanks to all who donated, and a special mention again to PSTA who again donated bicycles to us for twelve consecutive months, Flying Fish,  Chainwheel and West Chase Rotary Club who all gave us some excellent bikes. Towards the end of the year Action Sports in New Port Richey closed their shop and we benefitted from getting a number of parts and some equipment.

Many people helped with refurbishing bicycles during the course of the year and it was again pleasing to see so many High School students maintain and grow their attendance on a Saturday morning, and in particular Jerome and Augustus, Kurt Leichssenring continued to play a significant role and put in many hours of work. Bobby Collins was a great help in the early part of the year and more recently Glen Miller was promoted to the Bicycle Ministry from Toymakers.

We refurbished and donated 610 bicycles during the year, 113 more than 2016. 122 of the total were donated in December, with many of them being for children at Christmas. We spent $358.35 on parts which works out at $0.59 per bike repaired. This is a 53% decrease in cost per bike compared to 2016. The Bicycle Ministry ended the year with a healthy balance of $2560.56

Some of the main recipients of bikes were:

  • 135 to Reigh of Hope
  • 104 to Refugee Families
  • 28 to Project Hope (Tent City)
  • 14 to Guardian Ad Litem Children
  • 15 to the Coptic Services Center
  • 15 to VFW New Port Richey
  • 42 to St Timothy Lutheran Church, Tarpon Springs
  • 17 St Vincent de Paul, New Port Richey
  • 42 to Zamar Ministries, Haiti
  • 26 to The Refuge Clearwater
  • 11 to Metropolitan Ministries, Holiday
  • 11 to Tampa Bay Downs Families
  • Other donations went to Pasco Health Dept,  Cooperative Ministries, United Methodist Children’s Home , Palm Harbor UMC,  Directions for Living, Lacoochie Elementary School, Compass Church, St Petersburg and many families & individuals in need in the Tampa Bay area.
I want to thank the Bicycle Team and Toymakers for their support and we look forward to continuing our partnerships in the Tampa Bay Area and being able to provide children and adults in need with bicycles.

Trevor A. Charlton