Harley Dealership Donates 67 Bicycles to a Great Cause
Florida’s Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson steps up to help ‘Bikes or Bust’ obtain 1,000 bicycles for underprivileged local kids.
With Thanksgiving out of the way, Christmas is right around the corner. Although the holiday is a time to celebrate being together and exchanging gifts, some folks don’t have the funds to give their children presents. As sad as that may sound, it’s something that millions of parents around the United States will face later this month. Thankfully, Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is lending a helping hand to those in need.
According to a report by Northwest Florida Daily News, Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson donated 67 bicycles to Bikes or Bust, a nationwide program that collects bicycles for local children via the Toys for Tots program. The large donation, which was made on Dec. 2, will surely help the Bikes or Bust chapter in Okaloosa County reach its goal of obtaining 1,000 bicycles.
As seen in the Northwest Florida Daily News video below, the motorcycle dealership sent an 18-wheeler full of kids bicycles to Bikes or Bust’s location at Uptown Station. Local radio station Highway 98 Country was hosting its annual event to collect bicycles when the truck pulled up. The general manager of Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson, Gus Gusoff, says the large donation was due in part to the work of Highway 98 Country DJ Scott Mallory.
“We issued a challenge to Mallory that if he completed our riding academy we would donate 65 bikes, so here we are with 67 bikes,” said Gusoff.
The local Bikes or Bust organization collected bicycles up to Dec. 4. Hopefully they achieved their goal of collecting 1,000 bikes for a great cause. Either way, because of Emerald Coast Harley-Davidson’s donation, dozens of kids will be getting a new bicycle for Christmas.