American Tobacco Bringing Back Tree of Bikes, Special Collection This Saturday

American Tobacco Tree of BikesAmerican Tobacco is bring back its Tree of Bikes for a second year, and asking for your help to gift 250 bikes to deserving Durham kids this holiday season.

American Tobacco will hold a special collection day this Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 10am – 4pm at The CAGE, adjacent to the Management Office.  Donations will also be accepted weekdays through December 2 (see details below).

How to Participate:
Buy a NEW, fully-assembled bike for a 4 – 13 year old child.  And don’t forget the helmet!

Deliver your bike to American Tobacco on the special collection day, Saturday, November 12th OR these additional drop-off times:  Drop off bikes at the American Tobacco Management Office between Friday, November 4 and Friday, December 9, 2016 Blackwell Street, Suite 104, Old Bull Building, Durham NC 27701 Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (Office: 919-433-1566).  Offices closed for Thanksgiving:  Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, 2016.

The Tree Comes to Light
See the tree light up with all the bikes collected on Friday, December 2, in conjunction with the American Tobacco Tower Lighting.  Bikes will be on display through Thursday, December 15.

The bikes will then be distributed within the Durham community on Saturday, December 17.

For information on how you can be part of the Tree of Bikes project, go to AmericanTobaccoCampus.com.

The Tree of Bikes was the first of its kind in the United States. This inspiring piece of art displayed 120 bicycles on a 24 foot, hand-crafted, aluminum tree frame in the heart of the American Tobacco Campus located in Durham, NC.

Inspired by Durham resident Stevon L. Green, who organized fundraisers to provide bikes for children in his neighborhood, Blake Strayhorn, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Durham was sparked by an idea he saw on the Internet to help increase and bring awareness to the bike collection efforts.

The Tree of Bikes brought together a community and sparked children’s imaginations at Christmas. In 2015, over 240 bikes and helmets where collected and distributed to children in affordable housing at the Cornwallis Road Housing Project in Durham, NC.

Thanks to American Tobacco for contributions to this capcom story.

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