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Seventh Annual Bike Sale Benefits Local Youth Program

Cycling enthusiast Rick Anderson is ready for his seventh annual bike sale benefiting local youth program, Kids ‘n Kinship. The sale is this Saturday May 16, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at his Apple Valley, Minn. home. Throughout the year, Anderson along with other volunteers gather and tune up donated bikes and sell them at his annual sale with all proceeds going directly to Kids ‘n Kinship.

In previous years, Rick has repaired and sold more than 660 bikes. He has generously given more than $46,000 dollars to this community program to date, which matches kids ages 5-16 with volunteer mentors. Cash donations are also accepted on site.

Anderson’s passion for biking, mentoring children and finding great deals gave him the idea to locate inexpensive or donated bikes, fix them up, and sell them with all the proceeds going to Kids’ n Kinship. Everybody wins. Garages are cleared of old bikes, a great local organization receives a generous donation, and riders can pick up a well-tuned bike for a fraction of what it would cost new.

Bike sale details

Rick with some of the kids bike he has available.

Rick with some of the kids bike he has available.

The public bike sale this Saturday will offer a selection of more than 140 bikes for sale, ranging in price from $30 to $350 dollars. There are models available for all ages and skill levels, including a few top-end models. Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Schwinn, Raleigh, Giant, and Fuji are some of the brands available. The bikes range in style from road bikes, mountain bikes, cross bikes, city bikes and cruisers to hybrids, BMX, vintage and classics. The bikes generally sell fast. Anderson recommends arriving early.

Anyone who purchases a bike can register to win one of two $25 gift certificates for Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurant in Apple Valley.

For additional information about the Kids ‘n Kinship mentoring program, visit www.Kidsnkinship.org.

About Kids ‘n Kinship

Kids ‘n Kinship is a private non-profit organization that matches youth who have a need for an additional supportive relationship with carefully screened adult volunteers.  Once a match has been made, mentors spend 1-4 hours per week with the youth.  Typical activities might include biking, playing catch, attending sporting events, sharing interests such as cooking or going to the movies.  Volunteers make a one-year commitment to the program.  These relationships often grow into life-long friendships. We serve youth in the communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount. See more at: www.kidsnkinship.org/

West Bend donates to Kids ‘n Kinship thanks to bike sale efforts

Rick Anderson and his wife, Lise were recently recognized for their bike sale fundraising and mentoring by insurance carrier, West Bend. West Bend donated $10,000 to Kids ‘n Kinship, a cause Rick and Lise have been involved with for many years.  Congratulations!

Ricks Sale

Rick, in his garage, preparing bikes for his sale last year

Over the past six year’s securing bike donations that he can fix up and sell, Rick Anderson, of Apple Valley, Minn. have raised $48,584 for Kids ‘n Kinship. Last year he refurbished, sold and donated the proceeds from 163 bikes and is looking for even more for his next sale, which will be held again in May.

If that old kiddie bike, cruiser, mountain bike or road bike is collecting dust in the corner of the garage, consider donating it to a great cause.  Rick Anderson is seeking bike donations for his 7th annual bike sale. Proceeds benefit Kids ‘n Kinship, a local non-profit mentoring program in Dakota County.

Rick is now taking bike donations until he has more than he can handle!  Rick can be reached  [email protected] or 952-322-4729 to setup a pickup or drop off time.

As the sale continues to get bigger each year, Rick is seeking additional help from the community.  Much of the bike refurbishing is simply cleaning the donated bikes, however if you have some bike maintenance experience Rick would greatly appreciate your help.  Rick is extremely flexible and would be happy to teach you a few things about bike tune-ups as well.

For more information on Kids ‘n Kinship visit their website www.kidsnkinship.org. Details on the 2015 sale will be released at a later date.  Thank you for your support.