If you read our original 2014 calendar, we had planned to host a rehab and giveaway event tomorrow. Unfortunately, we need bikes and have cancelled this event until we can get our hands on some more bikes. We still have about 40 kids on our waiting list and trying to do what we can to collect enough bikes to fulfill all the current needs.
If you don’t have any spare bikes that you can donate, you can always help by using our www.Buy4OMM.com website whenever you do online shopping. You can still use your favorite online stores like Amazon and any membership discounts or coupon you may have. OMM receives money directly from the online retailer through a donation back to us as a percentage of your purchase. It’s painless and helps us raise funds to buy more helmets and bike parts.
Also, don’t forget that we have our Wine Tasting Event on March 1st from 5pm – 9pm at the San Dimas Wine Shop and Tasting Room. Tickets are $20 and include 6 tastings. You don’t want to miss this fun event.
We are pleased to announce that we will be having our first Wine Tasting Fundraiser on March 1st from 5 – 9pm at the San Dimas Wine Shop and Tasting Room. Tickets are $20 and include 6 4oz. pour tastings of some great wines you will not find in your grocery store. Beer and cheese plates will also be available for sale for those of you who do not enjoy wine.
Advance purchase tickets are available by contacting Matt Hawkesworth via email at email@example.com or by phone at (909)264-1598. Tickets will also be available at the event. You may RSVP via Facebook here.
Wow, today’s event was simply amazing. We rolled in at 8:45a.m. to start setting up early and found our friends from OTR already setting up. While this was a great site to see, we were a bit shocked that we already had a family sitting on the curb waiting for the bike giveaway at 10:00a.m. By 9:45a.m. there were several families already waiting and I believe there were about 30 kids. We were expecting about 20 kids for the entire day, so we quickly knew we were in for something big. Kids and families seemed to be appearing from everywhere and before we knew it there were well more than 60 kids waiting for bikes. My post below from last week discussed the desire to make 2014 extraordinary and that’s just what happened today. We emptied the trailer, the warehouse, and all the bikes that were donated today. By the end of the day we gave out more than 50 bikes and still have about 40 kids on a waiting list to get bikes. What that means now is that we need more bikes!! We have only a handful of small girl themed bikes and that is it. I think we all felt so blessed to be a part of today as it really was a special event. Thank you to everyone that came out today and pitched in. We had a number of new volunteers come out today, which was fantastic, and we had volunteers that have been with us since the start. Every one of you make such a difference and the small group of four who started OMM are so grateful for your commitment and willingness to make our dream of helping kids a reality. Here’s the LINK to the photos from today’s event. We need to regroup after today, order more parts and supplies and get our hands on some more bikes. As soon as we can get the inventory built back up, we will schedule our next event.
I was challenged to reflect on 2013 and if it was bad, good, indifferent, fantastic, the best ever… you get my point. I had some real highs in 2013, but also some lows. I found myself burnt out a lot of the time and just didn’t feel like putting in the extra effort. When we started One More Move in 2011, we thought that we’d have more kids needing bikes then we ever thought we’d be able to fulfill. The year 2013 brought the realization that the kids (our customers) won’t just come knocking. We realized that finding kids and families is going to take a lot of hard work, coordination and effort on our part. We had an abundance of bikes and struggled to find kids who needed or wanted them. I’ll admit, it was all pretty frustrating and I really lacked the energy sometimes to put in extra effort. Thankfully, I found my stride and energy in late 2013, and our Christmas season was absolutely amazing. The incredible families we met and helped reignited the fire in my belly to make OMM even bigger in 2014.
So this brings me to “What Does Extraordinary Look Like?” Like it or not, we’re all going to die and whether you believe in God or do not, we’ll all suffer the same ultimate fate on Earth. I’m also willing to bet that most, if not all of us, want to lay on our death bed knowing that we lived an extraordinary life. That we didn’t leave anything on the table and we gave it our all. The name One More Move is a challenge to take the extra step or spend that extra minute to help someone. The goal for myself this year is to define what extraordinary looks like. I challenge you, don’t do the bare minimum, don’t be willing to accept mediocre, but define what extraordinary means to you, and BE EXTRAORDINARY! Your first chance to help One More Move be extraordinary is next Saturday, January 18th. I hope to see you there.
We’ve put our heads together and have come up with a tentative calendar for 2014. Our goal is to make it easier for you to schedule ahead and include these on your calendar.
The first event will be Saturday January 18th at the San Dimas Incycle. We will be out back like normal and will schedule the event from 10am – 2pm. We have some bikes that need repair and we have some families that will be coming to pick out bikes. It should be a great way to kick off the new year. The remainder of the tentative dates are as follows:
- February 22 (Rehab & Giveaway)
- April 12 (Rehab & Giveaway)
- May 17 – Plain Wrap Ride (Register for this fun and casual ride and a portion of your registration fee will be donated back to OMM).
- May 17-19 or May 24-25 (We are working to schedule the large bike collection with CCV one of these weekends in May. We will need help Saturday evening, Sunday morning and Sunday evening with hosting a table for bike donations and to provide information about OMM)
- June 7 (Rehab on a massive scale)
- June 14 (This will be a large scale giveaway of the bikes we collect from CCV’s event. The giveaway will be focused in Rosemead and Inglewood in a partnership with the local trash hauler).
- July 12 (Rehab & Giveaway)
- September 6 (Rehab & Giveaway)
- October 11 (Rehab & Giveaway)
- November 15 (Rehab & Giveaway)
- December 6, 13 and 21 (Rehab and Giveaway events related to Christmas partnerships)
If you have any questions or ideas for our events, please let us know. We are always looking for kids and you know of any that need bikes, please invite them to our event on January 18th!
This past year has been challenging and sometimes frustrating, but we are grateful for all the support and friends we have to make our endeavor successful. This year we faced new challenges and had many new doors opened. We weren’t able to host as many events as we had hoped, but the quality of the events we sponsored were by far the best. We expanded our programs into Inglewood and Downtown LA, and have some big programs planned for 2014. Thank you to our families, Incycle Bicycles, OTR Racing, Butts on Bikes Inland Empire (BOBIEs), Free Agent Helmets, the Plain Wrap Ride, the Incycle Downhill/Enduro Team, SC Velo and all of our volunteers, supporters and individual financial contributors. We couldn’t have impacted so many lives without your support and contributions of time, energy and money.
Here’s the link to the short video we made of Sunday’s event with California Hospital Medical Center: OMM Christmas 2013
This past week we finished getting bikes prepped for our final giveaway of the year on the 22nd. I’ve mentioned this previously, but this giveaway is my favorite one of the year. We can still use a couple more volunteers if you have some free time next Sunday. We will be leaving early and meeting at the hospital in downtown with the plan to depart from the hospital at 8am. We have five locations to visit and we’re estimating an hour for each site so we will be out for a little while. I also found out late Friday that Dahon Bikes is generously making a donation of bikes to us just in time for this giveaway. Dahon came through for us at the last minute last year when we were scrambling for bikes, and they’ve come through in a big way once again. We have a lot of older kids, especially girls for this giveaway and 26″ bikes are the size we always struggle with getting. Thanks to their generosity, all of our needs will be met!
In planning for 2014 a very large local church offered to a put together a bike collection drive for us. I mentioned this on Facebook earlier this week, but wanted to touch on it a little more. This church isn’t the typical congregation of a few hundred people where we could expect to get 20 or 30 bikes, which would be fantastic. This church has a weekly attendance of several thousand people, and they don’t do anything small! For Thanksgiving they served thousands, for back-to-school they donated thousands of backpacks, and for Christmas they are making Christmas a reality for more than 2,000 children. The members of this church are so incredibly generous and giving, that I could see us receiving hundreds of bikes. I’m grateful that several of our friends immediately responded on Facebook with plans to help store the bikes, but we also need to make plans to rehab the bikes and give them away. We will be working hard over the next couple of weeks to make some solid plans to get the ball rolling. This may be a monumental endeavor, but it’s also one that may give us the resources to expand our program like we dreamed about when One More Move began.
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.