We-Cycle-USA collected used bicycles in Ahwatukee Foothills during December and even though that event resulted in more than 50 bikes going to needy adults and children, the organization is now in need of more.

They’ll be hosting a bicycle drive at Desert Garden Montessori School, 5130 E. Warner Road, this Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All new or used bikes in any condition are welcome.

“There’s always that need,” said Silverio Ontiveros, a volunteer for We-Cycle-USA. “As soon as bicycles come in and we’re able to get them fixed up, they usually go out the door.”

The local nonprofit takes used bicycles and donates them to kids and adults in need. The only catch is that adults who receive a bike have to work in the We-Cycle shop and fix up a bicycle to donate to a child. The experience teaches them how to take care of their own bike and results in a like-new bicycle for a child.

We-Cycle hosted a bike drive at Pecos Community Center in December of 2013, but most of those bikes were distributed over the holidays. Now, the group is working with students from Desert Garden Montessori to bring more bikes into the shop.

Desert Garden Montessori requires its students to do some kind of service for the community as part of the curriculum, said Lecia Michels, development and public relations director for the school. Children as young as 3 years old begin by serving inside their classroom. Older students do some kind of service every Friday and take on larger projects like this bicycle drive.

For more information on We-Cycle-USA, visit wecycleusa.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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