Can’d Aid donated bikes to students;  Pisgah Legal gives back
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Can’d Aid donated bikes to students; Pisgah Legal gives back

Can'd Aid donated 100 bikes to Brevard Elementary School students in early December.

Can’d Aid donated 100 bikes to Brevard Elementary School students in early December.

With Christmas days away, it is the time of giving in Western North Carolina, and several organizations are giving back to the community.

Nonprofit organization Can’d Aid and local volunteers built and donated 100 bikes to the entire first and second grade students at Brevard Elementary School in Brevard, according to a news release. The bikes were built at Oskar Blues Brewery Taproom on Dec. 11 and donated the following day. The in-person donation event included a live demonstration by a Treads+Trails Ambassador and professional mountain biker Jeff Lenosky, who provided a few tips and tricks to encourage the kids to get active outside, the release said.

“Children average seven hours of screen time per day and only one in five gets the daily recommended amount of exercise, ” said Can’d Aid’s executive director Diana Ralston in the release. “Through the Treads+Trails program, Can’d Aid helps combat these troubling statistics.”

Can’d Aid has donated more than 13,000 bikes and skateboards nationally, the release said. For many of the children receiving a donation, this will be their very first bike – providing a valuable opportunity to get outside and be active.

“Ahead of the holiday season, this is the perfect time of year for the donation,” said Ralston. “Seeing the children’s faces is one of the best parts of my job.”

To donate or find out more information, visit

Pisgah Legal Services gives back to the community

According to a news release, donations made to nonprofit Pisgah Legal Services will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the end of the year. Gifts will be used to support the charity’s work to prevent homelessness, stop domestic violence and increase access to health care for local people with low incomes.

Pisgah Legal supporters issued the Caring for Our Community Gift Challenge, an effort to raise funds for the non-profit which serves thousands of local people each year. Gifts will be matched up to $35,000 to serve residents of Henderson County, the release said.

“Times are tough and many of us are feeling the squeeze, especially at the grocery store. Imagine living on $12,000 a year – that’s the average yearly income of a Pisgah Legal client – ​​and trying to support yourself and your family. We rely on the community to continue our work to help local people in need,” said PLS Regional Development Officer Daniel Carey. “We are so grateful to the supporters who have issued this challenge, and we hope folks will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to double the impact of their donation by the end of the year.”

To make donations online, go to or contact Ally Wilson by phone at 828-210-3444 or by email at [email protected]. To learn more about Pisgah Legal Services, call 828-253-0406 or toll free at 800-489-6144 or visit

This article originally appeared on Hendersonville Times-News: Time of Giving: Can’d Aid donates bikes to students; Pisgah Legal gives back

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