The mission of the bike drive is to provide bikes and helmets to children of Vandenberg Air Force Base’s (VAFB) service members. From now until Dec.15, the public is encouraged to make a monetary donation that will go toward the purchase of bike parts at Bicycles Unlimited to be assembled by the Village Dirtbags, who will play the roles of “Santa’s helpers.” The goal is to raise enough money to construct 125 bikes. The completed bikes will then be stored safely and securely in two PODS® containers, which serve as “Santa’s workshops” and can hold up to 60 bikes per container. The donated moving and storage services by PODS allows the Village Dirtbags to allocate all of the funds towards bikes for the children.
“This is a great example of the public coming together to help promote physical activity and the well-being of our children,” said Steve Yapp, owner of local Tri-county PODS service provider. “We believe in giving back to the community and are proud to support the Christmas bike drive by providing our moving and storage logistics for these deserving military children.”
During the bike giveaway, children of Vandenberg Air Force Base military families will be given a certificate to match a bike and helmet appropriate for the child and to encourage exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
“The Christmas Bikes program is our way of supporting and showing appreciation for America’s finest and their courageous families,” said Roger McConnell, organizer for Village Dirtbags. “When we first started the drive in 2006, we gave away 12 bikes and helmets. Last year, we gave away 110 for many children. We thank PODS for their generous donation of containers and for making this event possible.”
To make a donation, mail a check and form by Dec. 15 to: 1201 E. Ocean Ave., Suite K, Lompoc, Calif. 93436. Forms can be downloaded by visiting www.villagedirtbags.com and clicking on “2012 Christmas Bikes for VAFB Kids.” All donations are tax deductible.
About Local Tri-county PODS service provider
Steve Yapp is the owner of three Tri-Counties PODS franchises that serve residents and businesses in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Dedicated to the local community, Yapp’s franchises have donated hundreds of PODS® containers to nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Diego and Los Angeles counties since opening their doors in 2005.
A partial list of recipients include: Boys & Girls Clubs, FOOD Share of Ventura County, Casa Pacifica, Toys 4 Tots, California Strawberry Festival, Ojai Music Festival, Relay for Life, C.H.P. Holiday Toy Drive, Salvation Army, Santa Maria Good Samaritan, Oxnard Downtown Management District, Boy Scouts of Ventura County, California Visitors Center, Simi Valley Days, the Oxnard Salsa Festival, and Catholic Charities.
Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 250,000,000 million consumers and businesses, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the U.K., through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 400,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 2,000,000 million deliveries and has over 145,000 PODS® containers in service.
PODS® secure containers are constructed of a steel frame and are available in three sizes: approximately 7-by-7-by-8 feet, 12-by-8-by-8 feet and 16-by-8-by-8 feet. The 12-foot and 16-foot containers have been tested to withstand winds of more than 110-mph when partially loaded. Newer PODS® containers have the same steel frame construction but are completely recyclable panels made of steel skins and a high-density polyethylene core. For more information or to schedule service, visit PODS.com or call 800-776-7637.