In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, members of the West Virginia University chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, are giving area residents an opportunity to play Santa Claus for children in need.

The organization is accepting donations of used bicycles, which WVU students will refurbish and donate to local charities for area children who need them. The bike drive will begin this Saturday (Nov. 11) and run through Nov. 18.

Area residents may drop used bikes off at the loading dock of the Engineering Sciences Building on the Evansdale Campus at any time during that period. Signs posted at the loading dock will direct donors to the drop-off location.

The engineering students are partnering in the project with Positive Spin, a local non-profit organization that collects and donates used bikes to charity year-round.

Positive Spin will also accept bicycle donations for the project from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and on Nov. 18.

To get to the Positive Spin shop, take Monongahela Boulevard to Sixth Avenue (at the traffic light by the Seneca Center), then turn up the Sixth Avenue and go straight up the hill until the street ends. Go left around the Grand Central Station sign on the building and stop at the second door on the right.

For more information, contact Tau Beta Pi representative Amy Hill at or Positive Spin at 304-276-0213.