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Bring Your Old Bikes, Sewing Machines To Pascack Hills High

A Pedals 4 Progress collection event in Pennsylvania gathered over 70 bicycles for the group.
A Pedals 4 Progress collection event in Pennsylvania gathered over 70 bicycles for the group. Photo Credit: MaryLynne Walters Mulligan Facebook

MONTVALE, N.J. -- If you have a bicycle or a sewing machine that is languishing in your home, the Pascack Hills High School Environmental Club can help get them to folks in developing countries, through an event on Sunday, May 22.

Pedals for Progress gathers bikes and sewing machines, and ships them to countries where they can be used to help develop self-sustaining businesses. In 25 years, P4P has collected and shipped over 147,000 bicycles, and it's gathered over 3,000 sewing machines over 15 years.

One community partner in Tanzania sells some of the sewing machines and teaches sewing and makes clothes to sell with others. With the profits, the group has been able to run new power lines for a corn-milling machine and for 10 families who have never had electricity.

Rain or shine, people can bring bikes and sewing machines to the school parking lot from 1-4 p.m. Pascack Hills High is located at 225 W Grand Ave., in Montvale. Also, $10 per item is requested, to help cover shipping costs. Pedals for Progress will provide a receipt for the tax-deductible donations.

For more information, call 201-358-7020 or email mshields@pascack.k12.nj.us.

Visit Pedals 4 Progress' website or Facebook page for more about the program. If you don't have bikes or sewing machines you want to shed, you can also donate directly to the program here.

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