From mid-June until August 21, Santa Clara Corvettes’ charitable efforts will be directed toward Turning Wheels for Kids. 

Turning Wheels for Kids is a community health outreach program of the VMC Foundation, which supports Santa Clara County’s outstanding public hospital, the Valley Medical Center, and its public health initiatives (501(c)3 TID 77-0187890).

Since its founding in 2005, TWFK has built over 44 thousand bikes for underserved kids, organized distribution through community service organizations, and run bike repair clinics, as well.  Its efforts each year culminate in the Big Bike Build in early December, where build teams from fire departments, corporations, organizations and families transform stacks of boxes into bikes in the South Hall of the San Jose Convention Center.

Santa Clara Corvette members have participated in the three most recent of these magical events and will do so again this year on Saturday, December 4.  It’s a great way to begin the holiday season, and some participants say it is one of their favorite days of the year.    

TWFK’s 2021 goal is to satisfy kids’ number one gift request with at least 1,700 bikes.  Sadly, this year the need for bikes has exploded and the price of bikes also has.  To pay for these bikes, which they buy directly from manufacturers at well below retail prices, TWFK needs funds NOW.  To help, you can use the link below, choose your own amount, and “Honor” Santa Clara Corvettes before clicking to donate.

https://turningwheelsforkids.networkforgood.com/projects/77253-donations

You can also donate by sending a check to VMC Foundation, 2400 Clove Drive, San Jose, CA 95128, with a covering letter specifying that the contribution is for Turning Wheels for Kids and in honor of Santa Clara Corvettes.  

Please let Maxine Wiley (wiley_ma@sbcglobal.net) know of your donation and let Tish Niehans (tish@niehans.org) know if you would also like to participate in the Big Bike Build.  

Dan and Tish Niehans will again lead Team SCC and host a pre-event lunch and training session.  You don’t need to be a mechanic to join the fun.  We need box openers, tire inflaters, built-bike pushers and other helpers; and TWFK needs help with check-in, raffle ticket sales and other functions. 

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