First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland’s “Pedal Energy Bicycle Ministry” celebrated its grand re-opening on Saturday, months after a theft pressured the ministry to briefly shut down.
The ministry’s volunteers restore donated bikes and provides them to youngsters and individuals who depend upon bicycles for transportation freed from cost.
The grand re-opening comes after thieves tried to close down the ministry.
The ministry’s founder, Ted Hogan, stated again in Might of this yr somebody stole hundreds of dollars value of instruments from the ministry’s shed, situated outdoors the church.
Hogan stated the incident ultimately turned out to be a blessing. It led to the ministry receiving a a lot bigger area contained in the church, in addition to donations from individuals throughout the Tampa Bay space.
“We’ve got been so blessed,” stated Hogan. “Now, we’re contained in the church beneath the church’s safety system. We’re working in air con, with LED lights, and it’s only a phenomenal day.”
Hogan went on to say presently the ministry has about one hundred twenty bikes which might be able to handed out to somebody in want. Additionally they have one hundred fifty bikes that volunteers are working to revive.