Bikes, sewing machines to be collected during Newtown donation drive | Newtown News of Interest |

Newtown Rotary Club and Council Rock High School North Interact Club are teaming up to host a used bicycle and sewing machine collection benefiting Pedals for Progress and Sewing Peace.

Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate his or her bike to this worthy cause. Disassembled or unusable bikes will not be accepted.

Also accepted will be working portable sewing machines and sewing notions. No fabric, please.

Bikes and sewing machines can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the parking lot across from the Olde Church of St. Andrew, 135 S. Sycamore St., Newtown.

Pedals for Progress/Sewing Peace collects 3,000 to 5,000 items annually. To date, more than 157,000 bicycles and 4,700 sewing machines have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. In these countries the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults.

Bikes provide reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting product to market, and greater mobility accessing health care and other services. Sewing machine shipments help initiate educational programs and generate income opportunities that may otherwise remain out of reach for many people.

It costs $45 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. Donations toward shipping costs are also accepted; suggested donations are $10 per item.