The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay, as a part of their NorCal sponsorship program, manage a gear and clothing drive for their teams. Numerous shops in the area act as drop off points for lightly used stuff over the year. We appeal to teams and athletic groups to go through their stuff. And then we gather it all together.
Last night the East Bay Regional Park District let us use their Board Room where we welcomed teams and their representatives to join us for pizza and beverages. We went through a bit of simple Board business; reports and stuff and took a break. Then we interviewed a few of the coaches, parent supporters, and riders about their activity, the recent race, starting brand new team in Benecia and such.
After that we turn them loose on 8 garbage bags of stuff from members and friends and there was some great clothing, some never worn. The teams were pretty jazzed to get a load of quality clothing; when you ride 3-4 times a week and it is winter time and yoga re just getting started the impact of this is huge.
The whole thing doesn't take a lot of time and the financial benefit has a great effect on the teams ability to operate in comfort and style. The donors know that their stuff will be put to good use and they get to help with NorCal without opening a wallet.
Photo by Jim Arth
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