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Dreams come true through the Bucks for Bikes program

Remember your very first bike?

You can probably still recall what color it was, the brand, when and where you got it, and taking those first wobbly rides.

For some children in Archuleta County, having a new bike is nothing more than a distant dream. Now you can help their dreams come true.

Each year the Pagosa Springs Area Association of REALTORS® (PSAAR) sponsors the Bucks for Bikes program, with the majority of the contributions coming from its members. This program also solicits tax-deductible donations from the community to buy new bicycles for children and youth in our community who are less fortunate and then distributes them in coordination with Operation Helping Hand.

Last year, generous donors contributed enough money to purchase 31 new bikes for children between the ages of five and 16.

Fulfilling children’s dreams takes a high degree of strong volunteer work from numerous directions. Once money is raised, a list of the children in need is created via Archuleta County Social Services, the bikes are purchased locally and assembled, and then delivered to the Operation Helping Hand site for distribution. This year Peddle and Powder has graciously offered to supply the bikes and helmets at a discount.

First and foremost, Bucks for Bikes needs donations to help these dreams come true in Archuleta County. The goal this year is to raise at least $4,000. Businesses and individuals alike are invited to contribute.

Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at the Pagosa Springs Area Association of REALTORS®, 190 Talisman Drive No. D-5, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Checks should be made payable to Bucks for Bikes, and please remember that your entire donation is tax-deductible. The donation deadline is Friday, Nov. 20.

For more information, call Bucks for Bikes chairman Lonnie Patison at 731-1370 or Jan Santopietro at 731-4015.