What better way to spend three hours on a beautiful fall Saturday than bringing a smile and mountains of excitement to 30 young children? On September 29, 2012, Quality Custom Distribution held its first ever bike building event. This event partnered with Spokane-area charities to bring a brand new bike to children in need. Thirteen QCD employees joined forces with local Starbucks employees to help 30 children construct their brand new bicycle.
Spokane’s bike building event was hosted by Riverstone Starbucks in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, which is a Starbucks store to which QCD-Spokane delivers three times a week.
A donated Penske truck pulled into the parking lot at the Starbucks store around noon. All the volunteers were on hand to help unload and stage the bikes before the building began.
The event began when the children arrived at 1:00 p.m. They came from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Big Brothers Big Sisters and St. Vincent De Paul.
Volunteers helped to air-up tires and pass out a Bike Safety Awareness Packet with flyers and stickers. There was also a helmet fitting and a bike technician who carefully hand-tweaked each individual bike so that the children could ride safely into their future.
“Days like this inspire and motivate everyone involved,” says Will Hill, QCD-Spokane Facility Manager. “Thirty deserving kids got brand new bikes and QCD associates, along with our Starbucks partners, took away the gift of giving. It doesn’t get much better than that!”
What this special September Saturday provided these children will have a lasting effect. Thirty underprivileged children now have a new appreciation for life as well as a sense of pride and ownership in something they can truly call their own: a bike that will provide years of enjoyment, a feeling of freedom, build responsibility and teach safety awareness and control.
“All of the kids had a great time,” adds Melissa Smith of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest. “We appreciate all you did in organizing this event. I know that it is a blessing to many of our kids. We look forward to future activities and events where we can work together again.”
According to Alexandra Myers, QCD-Spokane Human Resources Rep/Operations Clerk, the bike building event was a huge success for the local community. “Not only did QCD-Spokane bring several charities together, but we also brought our partners in business, our customer and our employees into the community to give back,” she says. “This event has been a source of inspiration and has lit the fire of giving for our GSF Foundation volunteers here in Spokane.”
QCD Spokane would like to thank it’s many sponsors and volunteers:
- Starbucks of Riverstone
- Penske Truck Rentals
- Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- St. Vincent De Paul
- Vicky Nelson, community volunteer, (bike safety and helmets)
- Robert Nelson, community volunteer (bike technician)
- Mark Gardner, community volunteer, (tire specialist and event cameraman)
- Chuck Browne, Executive Director, GSF Foundation, for inspiring and motivating the volunteers.
It would not have been the same without you all and we are grateful for the time and energies you all provided!