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Bike ride backs basic necessities
Saturday fundraiser seeks socks, more
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Forsyth County News

How to help

The Masters Cycling Team will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday outside Dutch Monkey Doughnuts, off Peachtree Parkway by The Avenue Forsyth. The ride begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call (770) 886-1175. Donations will be accepted through Tuesday at Dutch Monkey Doughnuts, as well as Reality Bikes in Tri-County Plaza, Cumming.

While many children may still be filling out their holiday wish lists, there are about 400 homeless and migrant students in Forsyth County’s schools who struggle for basic necessities.

It was with them in mind that a local bicycling team started collecting items like socks and underwear to distribute at the holidays.

Kimberly DeRose, who handles Title 1 reading literacy at Little Mill Middle School, said Forsyth is an affluent county, but still has "all these displaced families and foreclosed homes."

"As a result of that, our community has become involved in doing this clothing drive," she said.

DeRose and husband Brian have organized a charity ride Saturday. In exchange for donations of socks and underwear, the Masters Cycling Team, based out of Reality Bikes in Cumming, will lead 25-mile and 50-mile rides around the county.

The masters team, for those 35 and older, was looking for a way to give back to the community, Brian DeRose said.

"We’re comprised mainly of dads … and most of us have a child in the [school] system," he said. "When we were looking at a community event to do, we wanted to do something local."

The ride will begin at Dutch Monkey Doughnuts by The Avenue Forsyth. The business is also a drop-off point for the clothing, as is Reality Bikes in Tri-County Plaza.

Both businesses will continue to collect socks and underwear through Tuesday, Brian DeRose said.

"A lot of people do toys, winter coats and shoes, but their biggest need is underwear and socks. And a lot of people don’t donate that stuff because they don’t think it’s glamorous, so it’s always a need that they have," he said.

Kimberly DeRose said all sizes, especially those for older children, are welcome.

"We’re hoping this will be an inaugural event and we’ll start collecting more next year," she said.