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Patchogue church gives away free bikes

Rev. Dwight Wolter knows that in this economy, owning a car is a luxury that not everyone can afford.

He knows because of what he sees around the neighborhood of his church, the Congregational Church of Patchogue. More and more, Wolter sees people walking home from grocery stores with tons of bags on their arms, or from the laundromat with huge bundles of laundry, because they have no other means of transportation.

To help, the church will hold “Workers Without Wheels,” a bicycle giveaway and free repair clinic on April 2.

The church plans to purchase 40 new bicycles and locks, and is hoping to receive many more donations of used bicycles in working condition that can also be given out.

No proof of need will be required from anyone who comes to pick up a bicycle that day, Wolter said, but the program is geared toward anyone who needs a bicycle to commute to work, including those who lack a car, or either don’t have a driver’s license or have a suspended license.

“If you’re trying to work and feed your family, we’re trying to help you,” he said.

Wolter said the giveaway will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church gymnasium, 95 Main St., Patchogue.

Anyone interested in donating to “Workers Without Wheels” can call 631-475-1235.

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