With Christmas quickly approaching, engineering students at West Virginia University are planning a way to help local children have a happy holiday season. Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary, is hosting a fall Bicycle Drive that is accepting donations now through Nov. 16.

Bikes for both children and adults, in repairable condition, will be accepted. The bikes will then be repaired and donated to local area residents in need. Bikes can be dropped off at the Area 41 parking lot behind the Engineering Sciences Building on the Evansdale Campus. Signs will be posted to direct donors to the drop-off location.

Positive Spin, a local nonprofit organization that encourages alternative transportation and serves as a bicycle-recycling center, is co-sponsoring the drive.

“This program is a way to get bikes that aren’t being used to families who is unable to purchase one,” said Nick Hein, director of Positive Spin. “Bikes are a fun means of transportation for kids, and they’re also a great way to start a lifetime of fun physical activity.” Positive Spin will also accept bicycle donations at its shop in Marilla Park.

A special one-day collection will be held at Lowe’s Home Improvement in the Morgantown Mall on Sunday, Nov. 6, from noon-4 p.m. Cash donations are also welcome to help purchase parts and supplies used to repair the bikes, as well as new helmets.

For more information, contact Positive Spin at (304) 276-0213 or via email at info@positivespin.org. The group’s website can be accessed at www.positivespin.org



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