We all know The Neighbors' Place in Wausau helps put food on the table for families in need, but now thanks to a donation from Target they can help people get to and from work.
The Neighbors' Place has been running the program, Wheels Again, for a little over a year now. It recycles used or broken bikes, and gives them to people who have no way to get to work or search for a job.
Thursday, Target donated more than a dozen different bikes and bike parts. Bill Miller, a volunteer bike mechanic, says this latest donation from target is going to be extremely helpful.
“What I've been doing is taking from those bikes that are damaged, and taking good parts from them essentially building up new bikes,” said Miller, “So we're going to have probably five or six new bikes out of this.”
Kathy Rubino, the donations director, said the program has already helped a number of people in the area get to and from work.
"The parts we got from Target is a huge donation for us and a benefit to this program," said Rubino, "We can take the parts from the Target donation and use them to fix other bikes that otherwise would not be fixed."
To receive a bike donation you must be referred by a caseworker or job manager to confirm you have a job or are searching for one.
There is also a $5 service fee per bike, which is based on the person's ability to pay. And of course, donations are always welcome.