Gift from the heart

Auto group seeks new, gently used bikes, helmets for kids in need

A front range automotive group is seeking some serious pedal power to brighten local kids’ holiday seasons.

The Pikes Peak NAPA AutoCare Business Development Group (PPNAC) is accepting donations of new and gently used bicycles and helmets, which will be distributed to children in need Saturday, Dec. 21, during the annual Bob Telmosse Christmas Giveway.

“It’s a very humbling experience to see children … [in need] walk through and pick out gifts for their parents and their siblings,” said Wendy LaBree, PPNAC spokesperson and event coordinator.

Donations may be dropped off at any of the PPNAC-affiliated shops through Thursday, Dec. 19, with an eye toward delivering the donations on Friday, Dec. 20. Before it goes on to their next home, a team of staff, supporters and trained cycling experts will make sure all equipment is in top working order. They will also pair safety equipment to the rider to make sure it’s a perfect fit.

“What we’re going to try to do is match a helmet to every bike,” said LaBree, who works at Groff Automotive just south of of South Academy Boulevard.

If a youngster is able to fit a 12-inch cycle, for example, he or she likely won’t need a large helmet. Last year, the group ran out of helmets before it did cycles.

Donations may be drooped at:

  • Accelerate Auto and Transmission: 3616 Betty Drive.
  • Auto Werks of Colorado Springs: 4716 Chromium Drive.
  • Bud’s Muffler Inc: 1212 N. Circle Drive.
  • Courtesy Automotive Service: 210 S. Eighth St.
  • Craig Auto Repair: 3747 E. Saint Vrain St.
  • Elite Auto Service: 6417 E. Platte Ave.
  • Groff’s Automotive: 4120 Clear View Loop
  • Ledom’s Performance Equipment & Diesel Repair: 1250 Paonia St.
  • * Mobile Transport Repair: 3435 Astrozon Court.
  • Phases Truck & Auto: 1670 Paonia St.
  • Springs Auto & Truck Service Center: 6035 Galley Road.
  • Steve Mills Racing & ACR, Inc.: 2215 W. Vermijo Ave.

Now in its 37th year, the Bob Telmosse giveaway starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road and runs until 3 p.m. Its community-driven mission is a perfect fit for the NAPA group’s automotive mission, LaBree said.

“The group main’s focus is giving back to the community that gives to them,” she said. “We wish we could do more.”

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