FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 15, 2014

“Christmas in July” Bike Give-Away

Union County, NJ – Members of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be on hand to assist the Salvation Army of Plainfield with its third annual “Christmas in July” Bicycle Give-Away for children on Wednesday July 23, at the Salvation Army in Plainfield, 615 Watchung Avenue. The event starts at 10:15 a.m.

“I would like to thank The Salvation Army of Plainfield, the Plainfield Dairy Queen, and Children’s Specialized Hospital for building this exemplary community partnership,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “This program helps to ensure that more youngsters have the opportunity to enjoy healthy outdoor activities.”

The “Christmas in July” Bicycle Give-Away event includes bike safety tips, refreshments, and live entertainment.

Staff from the Union County Police Traffic Safety Education Program will distribute bicycle helmets and help ensure that children are properly fitted. The helmets are being donated by Children’s Specialized Hospital.

Pre-registration is required in order to be eligible for a donated bicycle. To register, come to the Salvation Army of Plainfield at 615 Watchung Avenue between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. any day from now until July 22, and complete an application form.

Eligible recipients will be notified by staff of the Salvation Army of Plainfield.

The bicycles are being provided by Rich and Donna Albanese-DeMair, owners of the Dairy Queen in Plainfield, who donate scores of refurbished bikes to youths each year. In addition to recreation, the bikes are used for school and work commutes.

Mr. Albanese-DeMair has refurbished more than 775 bikes for local children in the past five years.

To support the bicycle give-away events, donated bicycles can be dropped off any time at the Plainfield Dairy Queen, located at 1367 South Avenue. To arrange for a donation to be picked up contact Donna Albanese-DeMair at 908-755-5994.

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