Tis the season for giving back - Building bikes for Holiday Baskets

'Tis the Season for Giving Back

Community Resource Center offers extensive programs that facilitate the safety, stability, and self-sufficiency of low-income and episodically homeless households – including domestic violence victims. Their Holiday Baskets Program presents a dignified “shopping” experience where these families receive a holiday meal, basic necessities and a few gifts to brighten their holidays. This year our effort started with several hours of food sorting at a nearby warehouse. We noticed a theme across many of the donated products. This food and all other donated products were later delivered to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for staging in departments for the Holiday Baskets distribution event on December 17th. The bicycle department is always one of the more popular stops for the kids - we know how important the gift of a bicycle can be! For the 3rd year ZOIC headed to the Fairgrounds to assist CRC with the assembly, repair and cleaning of donated bikes. Our crew of 8 quickly went to work on everything from brake and drivetrain repair to tire inflation and bike wash. We also brought along a dozen bike donations collected from friends and neighbors. By the end of our 4 hour shift we had upgraded 85 bikes to gift-worthy status and left the hall with greasy hands but full hearts knowing those bikes would soon bring smiles to children and their families. Click here to learn more about CRC & Holiday Baskets Please consider supporting one of the organizations we love or find the organization that speaks to your heart and give back this holiday season.