Non-profit association to collect bicycles and sewing machines
Non-profit to collect
Bicycles, Sewing machines
Pedals for Progress/Sewing Peace, in an ongoing effort to recycle unwanted items, will be hosting a collection of used bicycles and sewing machines on Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Otsego ReUse Center, 23 Duane Street, Oneonta .
Rust-free adult and children’s bicycles in serviceable condition and working portable sewing machines and sewing notions can be dropped off rain or shine throughout the day . Bikes for parts, dismantled bikes, tricycles and fabrics will not be accepted.
P4P/SP collects 3,000 to 5,000 items per year and transfers this material wealth to those who need it most. To date, more than 164,000 bicycles and 5,600 sewing machines have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. There, the bikes are refurbished by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults.
Bicycles provide reliable transportation for commuting to work and transporting goods to market, and greater mobility for accessing health care and other services. Sewing Machine Expeditions help launch educational programs and generate income opportunities that might otherwise remain out of reach for many people. Stable employment for adults is essential to the development and success of struggling communities.
This event is sponsored by the Otsego ReUse Center, a project of The Arc Otsego. To offset shipping costs – it costs an average of $52 to collect, process and ship each bike – there is a suggested donation of $20 per bike or sewing machine (minimum $10). All materials and monetary donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided on site.
For more information, contact the Otsego Reuse Center at (607) 353-7831. To learn more about P4P/SP, call (908) 399-8217.