USS Foundation Donates over 400 Bikes to Underprivileged Kids in Four States through Adopt-A-Bike

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – December 23, 2013 – Just in time for the holidays, the USS Foundation completed its delivery of over 400 new bikes to underprivileged children in North Carolina, Idaho, Florida and California. The foundation’s Adopt-A-Bike program donates bicycles to children in need across the nation to encourage them to work hard, obey the rules, stay in school and break the cycle of poverty.

In North Carolina, the Loss Prevention Foundation supported by the Lowe’s LP and Safety Department raised funds to donate over 100 new bicycles to children in need at Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, NC.

The USS Foundation raised funds for bicycles donated to children at Bruneau Elementary in Bruneau, ID; KEC Canal Point Elementary in Canal Point, FL; Randall Pepper Elementary in Fontana, CA; and the Fontana Mobile Home Park in Fontana, CA. The bikes were presented at special school assemblies and events with Santa on hand to direct the bike giveaways.

To encourage student excellence throughout the year, 12 additional bikes will be presented in June to recognize two outstanding students in each grade at Devonshire Elementary and KEC Canal Point Elementary for their effort, achievement and behavior.

“Each year I am moved beyond words by the outpouring of joy and thanks from the grateful kids and parents touched by Adopt-A-Bike,” said Adel Sayegh, founder of the USS Foundation. “Because of the continuing tough economy, these bikes may be the only Christmas gift under the tree this year for many of these kids. I grew up in poverty, so I understand how difficult it can be to struggle to make a better life. I’ve dedicated my life to giving back to others by instilling in them the self confidence and drive to work hard, stay in school, and reach for their dreams.”

Sayegh continued, “My deep thanks go to all who helped to make this possible. I especially want to recognize Gene Smith, president of the Loss Prevention Foundation, and Claude Verville, Lowe’s vice president of loss prevention, safety and hazmat, for their hard work in raising funds to sponsor Devonshire Elementary. Partnerships like that can accomplish incredible things like we did for those deserving kids in Charlotte. I look forward to similar partnerships next year that will expand Adopt-A-Bike’s ability to reach many more kids in need.”

Adopt-A-Bike 2013 was made possible through the generosity of the Loss Prevention Foundation, Lowe’s, Bike for Bender, Family Dollar, Food Lion, HealthBridge Children’s Hospital, Iverify, Security Resources, Spark Enterprises, Inc., St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, TransOrient, Visually Creative Video, Walmart, Art Barraza, Patrick Belanger, Margie Bland, Kip Bollin, Robert Bond, Denise Canfield, Joseph Corbet, Craig Cunningham, John Doggette, Cita Doyle, Scott Draher, Bert Flores, Will Fox, Scott Glenn, Sandy Hinson, Lance Incitti, Denise Jennings, Francis Johns, William Jones, Ruth LaBernz-Miller, Allan Laframboise, Curtis Leininger, Paul Marino, Chad McIntosh, Kevin McMenimen, Mark Mellor, Kevin Morrison, Monica Mullins, Donna Murphy, William Napier, Chris O’Leary, Mia and Robert Oberosler, Tina and Daisy Park, Jennifer Payseur, Howard Peterson, Elizabeth Rabun, Dave Roberts, Robert Rognstad, Andrew Salisbury, John Selevitch, Scott Sher, Gene Smith, Terry Sullivan, Bill Turner, Karen Valledares, Karen VanBrunt, Jessica Verran and Claude Verville.

The USS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) 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 has donated over 1,400 bikes to disadvantaged children in Alabama, California, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio through Adopt-A-Bike.

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