Old, broken, unwanted bicycles are receiving a new chance at life through the Bicycle Recycle & Safety Program offered by Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB). Bicycles donated or rescued for the program get a face lift thanks to Gary Hughes of Lincoln, NE.
Mr. Hughes and wife, Lynne, visit Burwell regularly to visit family, Ben, Amy & Breon Hughes and the bicycles collected in between visits travel back to Lincoln with them. It is in Mr. Hughes’ “workshop” where he performs his magic, making them ride-able again. Mr. Hughes takes parts from bicycles that are unfixable and uses them to refurbish those that just need some T.L.C. “Some bicycles do not need much of anything other than cleaned up” states Mr. Hughes. Following their time with Mr. Hughes the bicycles travel to the First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln where any youth who would like a bike, but cannot afford one, are offered the opportunity to call one their own.
“Gary has always been a “fixer” and “creator” ever since I have known him and this was a perfect project to ask him to be a part of,” states his daughter-in-law, Amy Hughes, KLBB Project Coordinator. “We (KLBB) are lucky he said, Yes!”
KLBB is honored to have such a great volunteer take time and have the passion to refurbish and gift such a great gift to those in need. Thank you Gary Hughes for the passion you have to help put a smile on a youths face. You are one-in-a-million sir!!!
Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification. KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska. For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at [email protected], visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, or like them on Facebook. Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, 330 South Highway 11 Burwell, Nebraska.