What We Collect
1. Any serviceable complete (or nearly-complete) bicycle, adult or children’s, accompanied by a suggested minimum $10 per bike donation to defray a share of the costs in getting bikes to quality programs overseas and get information back for donors and the public. Flat tires or a missing seat or pedal matter little. Fat-tired mountain bikes and one-speed "cruisers" are the most-desired models. We also accept tandems, recumbents, adult tricycles, trail-a-bikes, and even unicycles.
We welcome children’s bikes, because (1) they get children to school, (2) servicing a kid’s bike overseas generates mechanic employment just as an adult bike does, and (3) they fit well into the interstices of a shipping container (and increase the value of the shipment)!
2. Usable bicycle SPARE PARTS and components, including tubes, tires, wheels, chains, pedals, saddles, cables, and mountain bike handlebars (but not “drop” handlebars). These items fit well within the shipments of bicycles, adding value without displacing bicycles.
3. Usable bicycle accessories, including helmets, pumps, locks, gloves, chains (for locks), bicycle books and manuals, and hand tools including general tools such as wrenches and screw drivers, as well as specialized bike tools. As with spare parts, these fit easily and add value within our shipments, and are much welcomed.
4. We also collect good-quality metal portable sewing machines in working order, or close to it. Older Singer and similar machines are high-value, in-demand items that fit in small spaces in the shipping containers without displacing bikes. Like bicycles, sewing machines represent a “productive asset” for a low-income working person. Most go to the same vocational programs receiving our bicycles. As with bike donations, an accompanying contribution of $10 is strongly suggested.
We DO NOT generally accept: children’s tricycles, “Razor” or other children’s scooters, bicycle frames lacking any or most components, or “rust-bucket” bikes whose painted frames are beginning to rust through or whose chains are frozen solid with rust.
Please, NO TABLE SEWING MACHINES – they require too much labor and space to transport, store, and pack. And no off-brand plastic sewing machines--they break quickly and are hard to repair.
We NO LONGER COLLECT cell phones, nor do we accept sports equipment.