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Volunteers sought to help with gift effort
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Pete Paulsen of Bikes For Kids – along with his dog Buster – will be providing 200-plus bikes for free to needy children on Saturday, Dec. 12. He’s currently in need for volunteers to help fix up the donated used bikes

Bikes For Kids program is back with more bikes than ever in need of fixing.

Pete Paulsen of Paulsen’s Motorsports and famed hot rod parties is looking for more volunteers to help refurbish some old bikes to give to children of needy families during the holidays.

Last year, his non-profit distributed 100 bikes.

“This year, our goal is to donate 200 or more bikes,” said Paulsen, who is looking to do so in an orderly manner.

His plan is to distribute numbers on a first come, first serve basis – up to 10 at a time, he said – filling in orders in a timely manner in order to avoid large gatherings necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On top of that, those in attendance are asked to continue to follow safety protocols such as social distancing, wearing of face masks, etc.

The Bikes For Kids’ third annual Christmas Giveaway will take place at Paulsen Ranch at 1504 W. Bowman Rd. in French Camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. Santa on a Harley will be back with refreshments available for those in attendance.

“We got the bikes. I think right now it’s a matter of getting people to help and get the job done (of fixing the bikes),” Paulsen said on Tuesday.

For that, he’s planning a work party this Saturday at his Paulsen Ranch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bikes For Kids was created in 2018 when Paulsen attended a yard sale held by local business owner Vince Haro.

Upon his arrival, Paulsen noticed a heap of bicycles that were rusty and in need of a little TLC.

That’s when he came up with the idea, with Haro providing the bicycles for the free giveaway bikes to those who can’t afford one.

Bikes were fixed up that year and presented to children at Haven of Peace, the emergency homeless shelter for women and children in French Camp.

The tradition of giving for Bike For Kids is still running strong.

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