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Call for bikes brings in 50 for Gladiolus Food Pantry

By Staff | Jun 24, 2020

SCCF Miriam Ortiz, of the Gladiolus Food Pantry, with the donated bicycles.

Over the past few weeks, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Marine Lab Research Associate Mark Thompson and his son, Yuan, have been contacted by many islanders with used bicycles that they want to donate to the Gladiolus Food Pantry.

The bikes serve as primary transportation and a good form of exercise for people in the Harlem Heights area in Fort Myers, who may not have the luxury of being able to purchase a bicycle.

“We had two bikes at our home bike shop that we were repairing to take to the pantry,” Thompson said. “After being contacted by so many generous folks on the island, we now have about 50 bikes that we are working on as quickly as possible.”

Billy’s Bikes has donated over 10 bikes and accessories to help with the refurbishment process.

“They have been especially great,” he said.

In recent weeks, Thompson and his son have delivered another 17 bikes to Miriam Ortiz at the food pantry. She has been elated with the response and is especially grateful to the island families who have contributed to the pantry.

“Miriam also loved the three-wheeler bike, which she plans to use as transportation for older clients coming to the pantry, and shares a big thank you to SCCF and our island neighbors who responded to our request for donated bikes,” he said.

To donate a bicycle or bicycle parts, contact Mark Thompson at 239-410-5491.

For more on the Gladiolus Food Pantry, visit gladiolusfoodpantry.org or call 239-437-8122.