Durham, N.C. — For the second year, American Tobacco Campus will be home to a special tree this holiday season. The Tree of Bikes will help provide 250 new bicycles for local children in need.
The 25-foot tall structure, which is being constructed on the Burt's Bees patio, will feature new, fully assembled children's bikes. It will be lit on Friday, Dec. 2, as part of the American Tobacco Tower lighting. Bikes will remain there through Dec. 15, before being distributed to children living in the Durham community on Dec. 17.
Bikes are still needed for the project. You can participate by dropping off a new, fully assembled bike (and a helmet) for a 4-13 year old child at the American Tobacco Management Office, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Donations are being accepted through Dec. 9.
If you are wondering where the idea for the project came from, it was inspired by the New Zealand for the Child Fund. Habitat for Humanity of Durham saw a video of the New Zealand project and brought the idea to ATC Vice President of Real Estate Michael Goodmon.
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