This has been quite the whirlwind weekend. On Friday we took a trip to the City of Industry to meet some amazing people who love giving back as much as we do. Thanks to the Purist Group and Reach Out Worldwide, we were provided with some brand new bikes to deliver to Christmas. This was completely unexpected and we are grateful for the new friends we made. Here’s a clip from a video they made after our visit. Friday also include paying a visit to Incycle Bicycles to pick up bikes that they had been collecting and storing for us along with lots of parts and supplies. My garage and our trailer was packed full of bikes waiting for Sunday’s rehab and bicycle assembly work.
Our main mission for Sunday was to assemble the new bikes that had been donated along with identifying and rehabbing the bikes needed for our giveaway event with the California Hospital Medical Center on December 22nd. With the help of some amazing volunteers, I’m happy to say that our mission was largely accomplished today. We will need to complete some minor repairs on a couple of bikes, but we were able to prepare 31 bikes today. We also wasted very little time and dropped off 14 bikes immediately to Christ’s Church of the Valley for their upcoming Christmas Store on December 16, 17 and 18. Their store provides a very special Christmas experience for more than 2,000 kids and we are honored be able to play a very small role in this event. Over the next week and weekend we will continue to get bikes ready for our December 22nd event. If you would like to help out at the December 22nd event or in preparation for that event, please let us know.
Last but certainly not least, we will be participating in Incycle Bicycles parking lot swap meet and sale next Saturday. This will be the perfect opportunity to drop a bike off if you have one to donate, or to come and pick up some bikes or parts for your own use from one of the people selling goods. This is also the same day as the Incycle/SC Velo Toy Ride to deliver donated toys to the San Dimas Sheriff’s Department. You can drop off a new unwrapped toy at any Incycle location between now and next Saturday.
It seems like I apologize far too often for not posting regular updates. I realize I need to post updates rather than just apologize, and that’s going to be a goal of mine for the future. The last month has been a busy one even though we haven’t been posting. We were invited to speak with the Pomona Optimist Club and the La Verne Rotary Club. Both organizations are involved in a ton of selfless acts, especially those involving kids and we were grateful to have a chance to network with both of them. Along with reaching out to other service organizations, we’ve also been planning for Christmas. Last year we partnered with California Medical Hospital in downtown Los Angeles and we were eager to partner with them in an even bigger way this year. We have agreed to adopt the kids of all 5 of their families, which means we will be providing bikes to 17 kids through the hospital. We also will be going beyond the normal giveaway for these kids and providing bike locks and some tire patch kits. If you’d like to help with the purchase of bike locks or patch kits, let us know or you can make a donation via the link on the right side of the page. The giveaway for these families will take place on Sunday December 22nd. If you have some time on this day and would like to help us deliver bikes, please let us know.
In order to prepare for this giveaway and some others we have planned, we will be conducting a small-scale rehab day this Sunday (12/8/13) at Matt’s house in La Verne. The event will start about 11:00a.m. and go until about 3:30p.m. depending on how much we get done. If you’d like to stop by, send us a message and we’ll get you directions. Last by certainly not least, we are still in need of some full size bikes (26″ bikes or other adult sized bikes). If you have a bike you’d like to donate, please contact us so that we can make arrangements to pick them up.
One More Move is about more than bikes, it’s about taking that one extra step to help someone and give back. This time of year we make “Bags of Love” for those that can use a little help. Each Bag of Love comes with a fleece scarf, gloves, a beanie, a pair of socks, a few snacks, some travel size toiletries and a personal note. Some of our volunteers even like to put a few dollars of cash in each bag. We will be giving them out starting around Thanksgiving and continue through the winter season. They are handed out randomly; maybe to the person on the off-ramp looking for change, the person selling oranges from the median, or just someone that looks like they could use some help. How can you help? Aside from making a financial donation, you can start keeping all those travel toiletries you collect on trips throughout the year, you can keep an eye out for good deals on beanies, gloves or easy snack food like peanut butter crackers, or you can ask to receive a few to keep in the back seat of your car to hand out. AND, if you still really want to use your bike, we may just hook up a trailer or two on our bikes and take a trip to some needy neighborhoods to pass out some bags.
I know it’s scary to say but the holidays are just around the corner and many of you and your families will begin shopping soon. I know my wife started this past weekend making some online purchases, and I realized that I needed to send out a plea for help before too much shopping had taken place.
Please use our shopping portal, www.Buy4OMM.com, prior to visiting any of your favorite shopping sites. There’s no fee to join, but you do need to briefly sign-up. Don’t worry, we won’t bombard you with dozens of spam emails each week. By using our portal you can still access most of your favorite online shopping sites like Amazon, Groupon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, etc. directly from our site. You can even use the same discounts and coupons. Once you click on a store’s link from our page, nothing from your normal shopping experience will be different! The only difference is that a portion of your total purchase will be donated back to One More Move from the online retailer. I can promise you won’t pay more because you used our portal. This is a great way for you to make a donation to One More Move without spending one additional dime from your own pocket, especially during the holiday season when we can all use a few extra dimes. Please pass along our website to your family, friends and neighbors.
Come out and join One More Move to celebrate the City of San Dimas and their Inaugural Family Bike Day.
Bring your family to the Inaugural Family Bicycle Day on Saturday, October 26 from 7 – 10 am. The event includes bike safety inspections and education, health and fitness information, and a guided ride through San Dimas. The event is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, INCYCLE Bicycles and SC Velo Cycling Team. There will be two loops available; a 3-mile loop for those wanting a more casual ride, and a 5-mile loop for those who want more of a challenge. Family bicycling is gaining speed as an affordable, active way for the family to enjoy time together. All rides are geared toward beginning or first time riders and will proceed at a slow to moderate pace. Check-in will begin at 7 am with rides scheduled throughout the morning. Raffles and giveaways will feature items from: Ocean Potion, Hammer Nutrition, San Dimas Stage Race, Polar, USA and Incycle. Riders can meet the internationally known Ultra Distance Endurance Athlete, Suzanna Degazon. Space is limited. Cost is $2 per person. For more information please call (909) 394-6230 or visit the City’s website.
Come join the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition on a family ride to the pumpkin patch at Cal Poly Pomona. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook here: RSVP
That’s right, our inventory of bikes is filling up and we need some more kids to get out there and ride! School has either already started or will be starting soon and we know that there are a lot of kids walking that would sure like a bike to help them get to and from school. This is where we need your help. Are you a teacher or administrator at a school? If so, we’d like to partner with you! Teachers and administrators know the kids better than anyone and know who can really use some help. We can set up the event at the school or somewhere else nearby and host it on a weekend so there’s no peer pressure from other kids at school. Whether it’s one child or 25 children, we want to help.
Just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone that played a part in making today an awesome event. We had a ton of new faces, which was fantastic. Photos of today’s event have been posted and can be found here or in by using the Photo link at the top of the page.
We also wanted to to say thank you to the Plain Wrap Ride and the Bobies for teaming up and making a very generous donation to One More Move. We hope our partnership will continue to grow.
Just a reminder that we are having a bike rehab day this Saturday, June 29th from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. behind the San Dimas Incycle. We have a ton of bikes that need work and we need as many helping hands as possible. Additionally, if you have previously received a bike from us but you need some repairs or a larger bike, bring your bike down and we’ll either fix it or swap it out for one the correct size. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. All the details can be found on our calendar.
Check out this video and see the magic that one man has created in the poorest of poor villages. He has taken trash from the landfill and re-purposed it into classical musical instruments, and has been able to teach children music along with developing skills and talents they never knew they had. An awesome example of a man who has made One More Move to provide opportunities for others.
Now, what will be your One More Move to make a positive impact on someone else?