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County Waste Donates Bikes for Military Kids

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"These bikes and helmets are going to make 18 military kids in our community extremely happy"

This January, staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces (SAF) program were thrilled to receive a donation of 18 brand new bicycles from County Waste and Recycling.  Employees of County Waste conducted numerous fundraising events and activities throughout year in order to purchase a large selection of bikes and matching helmets for boys and girls of all ages. During the holiday season and into the New Year, they distributed bikes to charities across the Capital Region to be given to children in need.  

The Red Cross was fortunate to be among the charities selected to receive a donation of bicycles from County Waste and their employees. In partnership with the Veterans Miracle Center (VMC), a first-of-its-kind facility offering a wide range of resources to local veterans and active-duty military personnel, the Red Cross provides tangible assistance to military families on a daily basis. Now, thanks to the generosity of County Waste, Red Cross workers will be able to do even more for the families they meet each week at the VMC.

“We are so grateful to County Waste and their employees for aiding in our efforts to assist veteran and military families in our region,” said Dianna Rios, SAF Program Manager for the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region. “These bikes and helmets are going to make 18 military kids in our community extremely happy.” 

“We are proud to be able to partner with a great organization such as the American Red Cross, especially in conjunction with being able to provide support to military families,” said Rob Wall, District Manager for County Waste. “Our annual bicycle fundraiser campaign is just one of many ways County Waste gives back to the community in which we serve.  Each year this program grows bigger and bigger, which equates to touching a few more families in need each year.”  

Learn more about how the Red Cross serves members of the military, veterans and their families through the SAF Program. Contact Dianna Rios, SAF Program Manager, at (518) 694-5160.