The Third Annual Jingle Wheels Drive is now under way in Muskogee. Started three years ago by the Muskogee Area Cycling Club, the annual drive works to bridge the annual gap between requests and actual donations of bicycles to the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree Drive in Muskogee. In the two previous years, the campaign has been successful in generating donations and funding for near to 250 bicycles with bicycle helmets for the Muskogee Angel Tree campaign. In both of these years, every child that requested a bicycle from the Angel Tree received one, which was a first for the Muskogee Angel Tree efforts.
“Bicycles are always one of the top requests for children in the annual Angel Tree campaign”, said Muskogee Area Cycling spokesman Roger Bell. “It has been determined in previous Angel Tree campaigns that less than 40 percent of the children that request bicycles for Christmas from the Salvation Army Angel Tree actually are able to receive them due to a shortage in donations of Bicycles.”
In addition to providing the additional bicycles, the Muskogee Area Cycling club works together to make sure the bicycles donated and purchased are all properly assembled and in good working order. Volunteers go down to the Salvation Army staging areas on specific nights and make sure of the bicycles are well put together and in operating condition.
The club has also scheduled a special bicycle donation ride for Saturday, December 8, which will leave from the parking lot of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. The group will take up donations from riders prior to the ride and they will the ride to the Armstrong Bank Main Branch in Muskogee located at 11th and Okmulgee to deposit donations received into a special account. The public is invited to participate in this special ride.
The community can be part of this effort by donating funds at any Armstrong Bank branch in Muskogee or by dropping new bicycles off at the bank locations. You can also donate to the cause online through PayPal (Paypal.com) by sending donations to Jinglewheelschristmas@aol.com. Funds go directly to the Salvation Army and are tax deductible. The campaign is scheduled to last through December 12th.