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New bikes on the way for 200 Central Coast foster care kids

Scott Coe, Coast Hills Credit Union

Two hundred foster kids living on the Central Coast will soon have new bicycles, thanks to a project connected to the upcoming Make a Difference Day.

Teams of CoastHills Credit Union employees assembled the new bikes inside the historic Edwards Barn in Nipomo on Columbus Day. The workers came from throughout the Central Coast, from Santa Cruz to Ventura Counties. The company used the holiday as a day to organize its Bikes for Kids effort.

Later this month on October 25, the bicycles will be delivered to five foster care facilities—one in each Central Coast county. Each facility will get 40 bikes.

Pete Skarda, the Advocate Supervisor for CASA of San Luis Obispo County, will help with the bike distribution.

“You know, this means a lot to them,” said Skarda. “So many of these kids haven’t had a stable place to live, they keep moving around, sometimes they lose their stuff in the moves and having something they can call their own is a big deal to the kids, so this is really important.”

Karda says they chose which kids will receive a bicycle based on need.

National Make a Difference Day was started more than 20 years ago and falls on the fourth Saturday in October. Organizers say its now the world’s largest day of community service, with millions participating.