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Holiday clothing drive, ride Sunday

Effort will collect socks, underwear for kids

POSTED: December 8, 2012 12:30 a.m.

A group of local businesses has joined forces to help Forsyth County’s homeless families.

Reality Bikes, Dutch Monkey Doughnuts and Little Mill Middle School are holding the second annual Holiday Clothing Drive and Ride on Sunday to benefit local homeless and migrant children.

All participants must bring an unopened package of underwear, socks or undershirts that would fit children from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The donations are given out year round, but especially during the holiday season and the start of a new school year in August.

The collection effort also takes place all year, with drop-off locations at Dutch Monkey, Reality Bikes, Will Power Fitness and Watts Chiropractic.

“We hope to be able to get a good showing again and be able to help the cause,” said Todd Muller, owner of Reality Bikes. “Last year, they said a lot of what we collected helped them all the way to August of 2012.”

Organizers are hoping the ride will gather enough underwear and socks to support homeless middle school-aged children over the holidays and well into the new year.

Muller said there will be two different routes for participants Sunday.

“We have a 55 miler and we have a 26 miler. Both maps will be provided and we’ll have a couple of ride leaders,” he said, noting pre-registration isn’t required.

The rides will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a meet and greet at Dutch Monkey, before departing at 9 a.m.

About 75 cyclists participated in 2011, said Muller, who expects at least 100 this year.

“If the rain holds off, it should be a great turnout for a fantastic cause,” he said.


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