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TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AND LION SURPLUS PARTNERS WITH FREEZE THAW CYCLES FOR TOYS FOR TOTS BIKE DONATION

Friday, December 20, 2019

Transportation Services and Lion Surplus have again partnered with local bike shop Freeze Thaw Cycles to refurbish abandoned bicycles for donation to Toys for Tots.

Founded in 1947 by the United States’ Marine Corps., Toys for Tots collects new and unwrapped toys and gives them to children who may otherwise not receive holiday gifts. The foundation asks for toys appropriate for children ages newborn to 16, but most donations are aimed toward younger children, leaving Toys for Tots with fewer items for teenagers in need. For the second consecutive year, Transportation Services and Lion Surplus have attempted to address this by need by donating four unclaimed bikes collected on campus to Freeze Thaw Cycles, who volunteered their time and resources to refurbish them into ride-ready holiday gifts.

“We’re excited to donate bikes again this year and are so grateful to Freeze Thaw Cycles for once again volunteering their time and talents to give the bikes new life,” said Cecily Zhu, Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator. “We hope to make this an annual tradition as a way to give back to our community and to make the holiday special for a few local kids.”

In addition to those donated by Transportation Services and Lion Surplus, two additional bicycles were donated by Freeze Thaw Cycles in memory of Victoria Braithwaite, Penn State professor of fisheries and biology, who passed away in September.

Toys for Tots will distribute the bikes locally through area food banks. For more information on how to donate to children in need this holiday season, visit https://www.toysfortots.org/.