FROM THE HOME GARAGE TO
IDOWNTOWN N MARCH 2016, the
newly formed non-profit
North Carolina grocer
Lowes Foods to hold
a bike drive and received more
than 300 bikes in just 15 days. A
Bike for Every Child held its first
event three months later and
distributed more than 200 refur-bished
bikes and new helmets to
children from the Brigade Boys &
“That was really the first time
we thought, ‘OK, this could really
work,’” Cascaden says. “It was not
in our life plan to start a non-profit.
But after that first event,
we saw that there is a huge
need, the community is willing
to support it, and we hadn’t even
scratched the surface.”
The organization began oper-ation
in Cascaden’s home.
“We would have something
like 200 bikes, so now we’re
known as the bike people,” she
says. “We’re the first house in the
neighborhood and everybody
would say, ‘What’s up with all
of these bikes?’ In the backyard
we had the bike graveyard, and
fortunately the homeowners’
association didn’t write us a let-ter
when we had 100 bikes back
there that we would just strip for
Clint would spend time
repairing donated bikes with the
help of volunteers.
“He was our lead mechanic for
a long time,” Cascaden says.
The nonprofit now employs
a full-time mechanic, Paul Wells,
and utilizes the old jail’s booking
intake section at the Harrelson
Center in downtown Wilmington.
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