USS Foundation Brightens the Holidays for Inland Empire Disabled and
Bicycle Donations and Festive Events Help Those In Need
Rancho Cucamonga, CA – December 20, 2013 – The USS Foundation’s Adopt-A-Bike program made the holiday season brighter for dozens of families in the Inland Empire this week. Shuttling between Pomona, Fontana and Ontario, the non-profit foundation held a holiday party for disabled children and their families at the Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in Pomona, donated over 100 bicycles to children in need at the Fontana, and fed many homeless families at the First Lutheran Church of Ontario.
At Casa Colina, the USS Foundation provided toys and a pizza lunch to children at the hospital who are undergoing therapy for severe physical disabilities. Many of these families are strained financially, thus limiting or eliminating gift giving during the holiday season, so the USS Foundation and USS employees provided gifts for the children at the hospital and their siblings, which were distributed by Santa Claus.
Through the foundation’s Adopt-A-Bike program, 25 students at Randall Pepper Elementary School in Fontana and all the children residing at the Fontana Mobile Home Park received shiny new bicycles and helmets from Santa. Adopt-A-Bike donates free bicycles to disadvantaged children across the nation to encourage them to work hard, obey the rules, stay in school and break the cycle of poverty. Funding for the bikes at the mobile home park was raised by the USS Foundation, and the Randall Pepper Elementary bikes were funded by members of the non-profit Bike for Bender. Bike helmets were donated by HealthBridge Children’s Hospital in conjunction with the Nexus Hope Foundation.
“I was deeply touched by the outpouring of thanks and the indescribable joy on the faces of the kids when they received their bikes,” said Adel Sayegh, founder of the USS Foundation. “Because of the current state of the economy, these bikes may be the only Christmas gift under the tree this year for many of these kids. I grew up in poverty and I can relate to the struggle these kids face to make a better life. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of these kids’ lives and bringing joy to them during this Christmas season. I’ve dedicated my life to giving back to others by instilling in them the self confidence and dedication to work hard, stay in school and reach for their dreams.”
The final event of the day was a holiday party for homeless and low-income families held at the First Lutheran Church of Ontario. The USS Foundation provided dinner for over 200 attendees and wrapped presents for the children. In addition, USS, along with its employees, donated canned food and clothing to the church’s program that helps underprivileged families trying to locate basic necessities.
Headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, the USS Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping less fortunate children have the tools, skills and knowledge to build a better life with a hope for a brighter tomorrow. The USS Foundation’s Adopt-A-Bike program has donated over 1,400 bikes to disadvantaged children in Alabama, California, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.
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