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$22,355 raised for Recycle Your Bicycle

Posted at 4:42 PM, Aug 18, 2014
and last updated 2018-09-26 22:43:12-04

Have an extra bike you no longer use? Donate it to a child in foster care!

ABC15 and Earnhardt Auto Centers are collecting new and gently used bicycles to give to Arizona kids in the foster care system.

Our phone bank on September 26 raised $22,355 to buy bike supplies like tubes, tires, new seats and cleaning supplies!

These donations will go to buy bike supplies like tubes, tires, new seats and cleaning supplies!


Throughout the month of September Earnhardt Auto Centers will collect new and gently used bicycles at all 20 dealerships throughout the Valley:

Rodeo Kia
10685 W Papago Fwy     
Avondale, AZ 85323
(623) 298-1200

Earnhardt Honda
10151 W Papago Fwy
Avondale, AZ 85323
(623) 934-5211

Earnhardt Hyundai Avondale
10401 W Papago Fwy
Avondale, AZ 85323
(623) 388-5800

Earnhardt Chandler Cadillac
1450 S Gilbert Rd
Chandler, AZ 85286
(480) 945-1200

Earnhardt Ford
7300 W Orchid Ln
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 893-0000

Earnhardt Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
1521 E Drivers Way
Gilbert, AZ 85297
(480) 926-4000

San Tan Hyundai
3252 S Auto Way
Gilbert, AZ 85297
(480) 384-8000

Rodeo Ford
13680 W Test Dr
Goodyear,  AZ 85338
(623) 298-3900

Earnhardt Buick GMC
6315 E Auto Park Dr
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 981-1900

Earnhardt Toyota Scion
6136 E Auto Loop Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 807-9700

Earnhardt Kia
2121 E Bell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85022
(602) 346-5400

Earnhardt Liberty Kia
5600 E Market St
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 759-5600

Earnhardt Cadillac
7901 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd  
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 483-4000

Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale
8445 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd 
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 922-5200

Earnhardt Lexus 
800 E. Camelback Road      
Phoenix, AZ 85014
(480) 990-7000

Peoria Kia
17431 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382
(623) 933-6900

Earnhardt San Tan Volkswagen
1489 E Motorplex Loop
Gilbert, AZ 85297
(480) 786-8900

Earnhardt Chevrolet
2121 N Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 899-0131

Rodeo Hyundai
12925 N. Autoshow Ave
Surprise, AZ 85388
(623) 214-4100

Rodeo Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
35747 N. Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
(480) 550-3800 

The Arizona Association for Foster & Adoptive Parents will help distribute all the bicycles collected during the drive to children during this winter’s holiday season. The organization’s goal is to support, educate, empower and provide a unified voice for Arizona’s foster and adoptive families with increasing the well-being and stability of the state’s most vulnerable children.

Children in foster care have an especially tough life. Many times, they enter foster care with no more than the clothes on their back. Our partners at Recycle Your Bicycle want to make sure every child can participate in a normal part of growing up – riding a bike.

"One mom who got a bike last year told us that 'bikes have heart healing powers,'" said Joe Jacober, coordinator of the Recycle Your Bicycle program. "We are amazed and grateful at how our community comes together to help us make sure that vulnerable children in foster care have a 'first bike' memory like every other kid."

Recycle your Bicycle started in 2009 with one volunteer and one bike. Over the years, it has grown into a year-round collection effort. In 2016, the program distributed more than 1000 bikes.

“Earnhardt Auto Centers has partnered with ABC15 and the Recycle Your Bicycle Program for several years. The participation from the Phoenix community, combined with the enthusiasm of our staff has just been amazing,” said Tex Earnhardt, founder, Earnhardt Auto Centers. “The number of bicycles donated is growing each year and as a result, even more deserving kids in the Arizona Foster Care Program have benefited. We absolutely love this Program and are looking forward to participating again this year.”