Mad Dogs & Englishmen hosted a simultaneous bike assembly session and giveaway of 75 bicycles to local Boys and Girls Club chapters at their locations in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Montecito, as well as for Marin’s Trips for Kids Bay Area on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18.
Bikes were assembled by volunteers from 12-5 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the three locations (25 bikes for each location) and representatives from the two chapters of the Boys and Girls Club (Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County and Santa Barbara County) and Trips for Kids will accept the assembled bikes at each of the bike shops (addresses below).
The Montecito Bike Giveaway was on Monday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m.
The Mill Valley Bike Giveaway at the Lumber Yard was on Monday, June 19 at 1:30pm, and the Carmel-by-Sea Bike Giveaway was on Tuesday, June 20th at 10:30 a.m.
Blevins and Watson started a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the bikes for kids in need in response to criticism that the Montecito shop got for gifting a bike to little Archie, son of Megan and Harry, who turned 4 last month.
“In response to some criticism we received for gifting a bike to a child of means, we decided to launch a bike giveaway to give a child’s bike to a child in need, and this has prompted many of our supporters to reach out to us to ask how they can donate to support this cause, and also how they can support our small business,” writes Blevins on the GoFundMe page, #lovewins bikes for kids. “This got me thinking. Why stop with one bike? Let’s give as many bikes as we can to as many kids as we can, in honor of the birthday boy! Let’s maximize this unique opportunity to share the love and do more good in the world.”
Blevins said the initial goal of $1,000 was quickly reached, so she upped the goal. With nearly $10,000 raised to date, the goal is now $20,000.
“We have been blown away by the outpouring of kindness and generosity, and this positive momentum has been really inspiring!” writes Blevins about the donations pouring in. “100 percent of all donations will be used to purchase new bikes for underprivileged children. Hoping we can take all of this attention and momentum and channel it into doing something impactful and good!”
Blevins added that she will not be increasing the goal again, but any additional donations raised will go toward buying additional bikes, with the goal to donate at least 100 Specialized bikes in total.
“All bikes were purchased with the funds raised by our supporters at our WHOLESALE pricing, as well as a donation from us. The bikes are an in-kind donation valued at $22,500 and are the same model gifted to little Archie for his birthday. Supporters of the shop and this charitable mission to do something good for underprivileged kids have donated $9182 to date,” she writes.