November 18, 2018 - The third annual bicycle and toy give-a-way for under privileged mountain kids is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Saturday, December 15th. The event is a collaborative effort of G’ma and Pappa’s Motorcycle Apparel and the Sierra Shadow Casters Motorcycle club based in Coarsegold.
Last year children 3 to 12-years-old from all over the foothill community came to visit Santa and received a new bike and helmet. The demand was so high that unfortunately several kids went away with a toy instead of a bike.
This year Santa’s Elves have gone into overdrive to make sure every good little boy and girl gets a new bike; the goal is to double the number of available bikes to 150.
Sadly, it is hard to predict the exact number of bikes and bike sizes that will be needed so this year Santa and his organizers are asking parents to show up at G’ma and Pappa’s Motorcycle Apparel between Saturday, November 24th and Saturday, December 8th to receive a voucher for a bicycle or a toy if a bike is not desired. Toys are for kids 1 to 6-years-old. G’ma and Pappa’s is open from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. seven days a week and is located in the Gold Creek Center at 35285 Hwy 41 (suite A) in Coarsegold.
Vouchers are coded to assure children get the correct size bicycle. There are a limited number of bikes in each size available; parents will get a voucher on a first come, first serve basis until all vouchers are distributed.
Santa will be arriving at G’ma & Pappa’s on his motorcycle sleigh at 10:00 A.M. It is recommended that families arrive at 9:30 A.M. to allow time to park and be ready for Santa’s arrival. There will be free photos taken with each child, their new bike or toy, and Santa. Photos will be made available online for download following the event. Hot coco, coffee and cookies will be available along with festive music to get everyone in the Holiday spirit.
The event is designed for families who are unable to purchase a new bike for their children. No financial verification is required. The process is based on the honor system. However, families must be from the Mountain Communities, and ID will be required to establish mountain residency.
For those who may be so inclined to contribute, cash donations, new unwrapped toys or new bicycles are welcomed. Please go to GoFundMe and search/visit GIFTS FOR LOCAL MOUNTAIN AREA KIDS to donate cash. Toys and Bicycles may be delivered to G’mas and Pappa’s. Donation deadline is Friday, December 7th. For questions contact Paul at (559) 660-6440.