There are just no words to tell how much I love the first day of each month. The night before I am busy tallying up blog comments—going through the comments and reliving what you guys have all contributed with your words. It amazes me how many folks comment –still—after over 2 years into my decision to do Comments for a Cause. If you are new here the concept is simple—make a comment on any post and it gets counted towards a 50 cent donation to the charity of the month.
A quick update and picture from our recipient for the month of June—Rachael and Nate Youmans (my niece and her hubby) who we helped with their Habitat trip to El Salvador. They are there and working!!! I hope to get more info when they return!!! (Sorry it is small!)
The charity for this past month was Operation Mend that helps our returning military with severe facial and other medical issues to receive reconstructive and plastic surgery. It is an amazing program and one that I thought everyone could get behind. And you did. As always you all came through and I am thrilled to be able to announce that because of YOUR commenting my husband and I will be sending a $187.50 donation on its way to Operation Mend.
And now the moment you have all been anxiously awaiting……..the NEW CAUSE is none other than Second Life Bikes. I first saw a clip on a tv news program about them and perhaps that is simply the easiest way to show you what this great organization does. It is less than 3 minutes so check it out!
How fabulous is this idea? Hats off to this great endeavor! Following is a bit from their Facebook page which I shamelessly copied and pasted in hopes of giving you a bit more info.
We rescue bikes. Fix bikes. Ride bikes. Love bikes.Mission
More people on bikes, more often.
Company OverviewSecond Life Bikes is a biking community center in Asbury Park where people connect to each other, build skills, join group bike rides, learn bike safety, and create bike art and custom designs that can support new social enterprises. Our mission is to get more people (especially youth) on bikes, more often, while encouraging people to repurpose old bikes and bike parts, rather than discard them.Our goals include the following:■Providing youth with positive opportunities and recreational activities
■Improving health and fitness, and building an appreciation for physical activity as a way of life
■Enhancing leadership development skills
■Developing self confidence and a sense of self empowerment
■Enhancing eye-hand coordination and impart first-level applied mechanical and math skills;
■Create a welcoming, fun, and inclusive atmosphere where “play” becomes a way to break through social barriersSecond Life Bikes is also designed as a revenue generating center (a used bike sales and repair shop) and is a hub in the community. This is where people drop-off and donate their old bikes, and/or where they come to shop for a repurposed bike. Once inside the door, they are connected to our shop and appreciate the youth programs, as well as what we need to grow. Please come and visit us to see for yourself.