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Help someone in need with ABC15, Earnhardt Auto Centers Second Chance Bike Drive

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and last updated 2022-09-20 11:57:25-04

PHOENIX — ABC15 will kick off the Second Chance Bike Drive campaign on Sept. 1 to help Arizona families.

Throughout the month of September, Earnhardt Auto Centers and ABC15 will be raising awareness around the need for new and used bicycles at St. Vincent de Paul. These bikes can be a big help for low-income men, women and families needing affordable transportation.

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On Saturday, Sept. 17, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at all 19 Earnhardt Dealerships from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. collecting new or used bicycles to be donated:

Earnhardt Auto Locations

  • Earnhardt Buick GMC 6315 E Auto Park Drive Mesa 85206
  • Earnhardt Cadillac 7901 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Scottsdale 85260
  • Earnhardt Chandler Cadillac 1450 S Gilbert Road Chandler 85286
  • Earnhardt Chevrolet 2121 N Arizona Ave. Chandler 85225
  • Earnhardt Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 1521 E Drivers Way Gilbert 85297
  • Earnhardt Ford 7300 W Orchid Lane Chandler 85226
  • Earnhardt Honda 10151 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323
  • Earnhardt Hyundai Avondale 10401 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323
  • Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale 8445 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Scottsdale 85260
  • Earnhardt Lexus 800 E Camelback Road Phoenix 85014
  • Earnhardt Volkswagen 1489 E Motorplex Loop Gilbert 85297
  • Earnhardt Toyota 6136 E Auto Loop Ave. Mesa 85206
  • Earnhardt Peoria Kia 17431 N 91st Ave Peoria 85382
  • Rodeo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 35747 N Ellsworth Road Queen Creek 85142
  • Rodeo Ford 13680 W Test Drive Goodyear 85338
  • Rodeo Kia 10685 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323
  • San Tan Hyundai 3252 S Auto Way Gilbert 85297
  • Earnhardt Genesis of North Scottsdale 8445 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd 85260

Other ways to donate include:

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, ABC15 will host a phone bank to collect cash donations for the effort. Those donations will go toward buying bike parts, including tubes, tires, new seats, and cleaning supplies.

Donations will also be accepted any time by texting BIKEDRIVE (one word) to 602-500-0201.

St. Vincent de Paul’s Bike Shop has been repairing bikes for 11 years. The nonprofit partners with other community organizations to give the repaired bikes to people who need a low-cost form of transportation to get to school and work. It also offers bikes to people seeking help at SVdP through its shelter, resource center, or neighborhood food pantries. Over the holiday season, children’s bikes may be provided to young dining room guests who achieve academic goals at school. In addition to providing bikes to people in need, the bike shop also gives shelter residents the opportunity to volunteer in the shop and refurbish bikes to be sold at SVdP’s thrift stores. The funding generated through the sales of bikes go directly to support SVdP’s programs and services.

“A bike plays an essential role in the lives of the people we serve at St. Vincent de Paul. It improves access to healthcare, education, economic opportunities, and physical and mental health,” said Shannon Clancy, associate CEO at St Vincent de Paul. “Whether it goes to families, guests, organizations we partner with that provide bikes for the people they serve, or to one of our thrift stores to provide an affordable option for someone in need, bikes provide reliable transportation and help break the cycle of poverty. They empower individuals to fulfill their potential to gain stability and seek a better life.”

“Earnhardt Auto Centers and ABC15 have partnered for years to bring smiles to the faces of foster kids and those in need here in Arizona. At Earnhardt, we’re in the business of people, transportation and of supporting the communities that support us,” said Hal Earnhardt III, president of Earnhardt Auto Centers. “It’s no secret that my father Tex loved the Valley and loved helping those in need, both young and old. Investing in the future of our communities and this annual effort has always been near and dear to our hearts – as it was Tex’s.”

“The participation from the Phoenix-area community, combined with the enthusiasm of our employees across Earnhardt Auto Centers, has been amazing,” said Nature Bradshaw, media & promotions director for Earnhardt Auto Centers. “We look forward to doing this each year and seeing how much we can grow it. The partnership with St Vincent de Paul has helped this program be even more successful…providing transportation to those in need.”

“The number of bicycles donated is growing each year and as a result, even more deserving folks will get to experience the joy of getting a bike – something everyone young, old and in-between should get to experience,” said Derby Earnhardt, Tex Earnhardt’s grandson. “We absolutely love this program and are looking forward to it each year …working with great program partners like ABC15 and St. Vincent de Paul!”

For more information go to abc15.com/bike.

For Media inquiries, contact:

Suzanna Stanton

Community Manager

602-685-3019

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