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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!

Since 2001, the Pagosa Springs Area Association of Realtors (PSAAR) has sponsored the Bucks for Bikes program with the majority of the contributions coming from its members. New this year we have two additional sponsors: The Hub Bike Shop and Pedal and Powder. Both of these local businesses will be providing the bicycles at cost to PSAAR, which will allow us to purchase even more bicycles.

Fulfilling children’s dreams takes a high degree of strong volunteer work from numerous directions money is raised, a list of the children in need is created, the bikes are purchased locally and assembled and then distributed to the families in time for Christmas – all by volunteer efforts!

First and foremost, Bucks for Bikes needs donations to help these dreams come true in Archuleta County. Last year generous donors contributed enough money to purchase 34 new bikes and helmets for children between the ages of 5 and 16. The goal this year is to raise more than $5,000. Business and individuals alike are invited to contribute — all donations are tax-deductible.

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 remember your entire donation is tax-deductible. The donation deadline is Friday, Nov. 19.

For more information, call Jan Santopietro at the PSAAR office, 731-4015.