Port Authority of Allegheny County, bike drive keep toy campaign rolling
December 12, 2012 10:00 AM
Bill Ringler, left, and Andy Burch, both of Tarentum, load some of the 300 bicycles donated by Al's Bike Drive to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program on Tuesday. The men are members of the Allegheny Valley Detachment 827 of the Marine Corps League.
Three hundred underprivileged children will have bicycles as Christmas gifts this year thanks to those who donated to Al's Bike Drive, an annual effort by financial planner Al Todd of Hampton.
Mr. Todd and scores of volunteers loaded the bikes into trucks and vans at the Toys R Us store in Ross on Tuesday and delivered them to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
Mr. Todd's employer, Thrivent Financial, matched the contributions.
The 300 bikes is up from last year's total of 200. Mr. Todd told the volunteers that the increase was remarkable in light of the economic times.
On Friday, it will be the Port Authority and its riders who will step up for Toys for Tots. The transit agency will accept new, unwrapped toys and cash donations from 5:30 to 9 a.m. at the Steel Plaza T station, near Sixth Avenue and Grant Street.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette readers can pitch in to Toys for Tots, which provided gifts to about 30,000 needy children last year. Contributions to the Post-Gazette's Goodfellows Fund benefit Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army's Treasures for Children program.
The goal of Goodfellows, established in 1947, is to ensure that no child experiences a Christmas morning without gifts. You can make a tax-deductible contribution using the coupon with this story, or online at www.post-gazette.com/goodfellows.
Every donation is acknowledged in the pages of the Post-Gazette.
How to get toys
The Toys for Tots program will hold open houses this week to distribute toys to parents and guardians of needy children.
They will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Guardian Storage Solutions, 2839 Liberty Ave., Strip District.
Parents and guardians should bring a photo ID for themselves, a birth certificate for each child (children up to age 12 are eligible) and proof of need -- welfare check stub, food stamp card or other proof of government assistance.
Today's total: $5,478.45
Grand total: $51,352.47
George B. Duffey $250
In memory of Nathan Raphael $250
Dr. R.A. Labriola $200
In memory of Ronald Zavidny Sr.$200
Bonny & Michael Maguire $150
Peter Hess $100
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Fiore $100
Cindy Skrzycki & David Shribman$100
Central Maintenance $100
James Huntington Jr. $100
Dan Sentz & Maureen Hogan$100
In memory of Mr. & Mrs. Alphonso Masucci$100
Edward W. Jew Jr. M.D. $100
In honor of Nicholas du Toit $100
Brian & Betsy Goetz $100
John Plavetich $100
Jeff & Sharon Evans $100
In memory of Joseph & Julia Zanella $100
Matthew & Virginia Oliver $100
Mark Eichenlaub $100
In memory of Loni B. Vukmir $100
Ken and Diane Coury $75
George W. Depee $50
Gable/Krieg family $50
In honor of all of our military $50
Louise B. Lytle $50
Rosemarie Bottles $50
Wm. Valauri $50
Mrs. Elsie M. Murray $50
In memory of Bob Barkley $50
Grace H. Merlin $50
Richard & Beth Ann Wheeler $50
In memory of Linda Zanardelli by Zanardelli family $50
John and Christine Dyba $50
In memory of Ralph Wateska $50
In memory of Bob Lamb $50
Ray Adams $50
Sal and Karen Recrosio $50
David, Helen, Becky and Amanda Dugan $50
Mark & Mike Bagnato $40
Nikolas & Tracy Ann Kreatsoulas$40
Abby L. Morrison $35
Sherry A. Dinnen $30
In honor of the Crawfords, South Marietta, Ga. $30