Want to get into the Christmas spirit? How about helping get more than 100 bikes to children in the Fairbanks area!
Santa’s Helpers is a community of volunteers that provides food and toys to families in need during the holidays. Some of those toys are bikes!
Many people are involved in this effort. Two of them are cyclists and volunteers Wes Wagner and Simon Rakower. They could sure use your help. They can use assistance between Dec 11 and 17. If you have some bike wrenching skills, that would be great, but just a love of biking will do.
Here’s how it works: Alaska Waste collects donations for the “Christmas Promise” project. All donations from that project goes specifically to buying bicycles that Alaska Waste employees put together for children in need.
Once the bikes are assembled they are delivered to Fairbanks Nissan, where Wes and Simon do a final check on the bikes to make sure they are in the best shape possible for the kids. So, if you’ve got some wrenching skills for some last-minute tweaks, your skills are needed. If you don’t have wrenching skills but just love the idea of getting bikes to kids in need, there are other things you can do.
After the bikes have gotten the final OK, Durham School Services employees, using Durham school buses, help deliver the bikes along with other toys and food on December 18.
If you’d like to help Wes and Simon, give Wes a call or text at 907-347-2702. If you want to find out more about Santa’s Helpers or want to help the organization out in other ways, check out the Santa’s Helpers website: santashelpersalaska.com/