Grand Junction Non-Profit Asking For Bikes Following Theft
After thieves stole numerous bicycles and helmets from the Riverside Educational Center in Grand Junction, the organization is now seeking donations from the community.
The Riverside Educational Center is, according to their Facebook page, "a non-profit, after school program for disadvantaged, k-12th grade students," and "provides structured academic support, and enrichment opportunities."
Although the Riverside Educational Center is located at 552 W. Main Street in the heart of downtown Grand Junction, the theft occurred at a trailer that the organization uses for storage at 1101 Winters Avenue near Las Colonias Amphitheater.
Roughly 20 bikes and helmets used for after-school programs were stolen from the warehouse, resulting in some of their programs to be unable to be enjoyed by the students.
Riverside Educational Center Program Director Jack Curry had this to say about the situation:
What we use these bikes for is to draw kids into our programs and we all know in the Grand Valley, bikes are happiness and freedom and control and those are things all our kids appreciate and need.
The Riverside Educational Center is currently asking for donations of various types of bikes including beginner bikes and small or medium-sized mountain bikes, as well as monetary donations.
As of now, it would seem that police do not have any suspects in the case, but are seeking any tips that anyone may have.
The bikes were a result of generous donations and were said to be in good condition, so hopefully, the community can band together and help the Riverside Educational Center replenish their collection of bikes and get the programs that utilize them back on track.