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More than 400 people are donning orange t-shirts and getting to work away from work for the United Way Day of Caring. Since this morning the groups have been all over Genesee County, helping in a wide array of tasks for non-profit agencies.

At Adam Miller Toys and Bike, volunteers are refurbishing bicycles by pumping tires, checking wheels, and fixing brakes.

John Roche of Adam Miller Toys and Bike says the Lions Club of Batavia approached him last year about the idea to provide bicycles to local organizations for the second straight year.

“The whole idea is to rehab the bikes and give them to needy families --  kids and some adults who need it for transportation and can’t afford a new bike or even a used one, and they can get around for the summer,” he said.

Roche says the bikes come from the Batavia Police Department and the Genesee ARC. Roche oversees the technical and mechanical aspects of the project. Even without the proper training, the real work comes from the Lions Club volunteers like Pier Cipollone; but that’s what makes the experience fun.

“We’re gaining experience as we go,” he said laughing. “John is being very helpful.”

The Lions Club is one of many local groups involved in the 6th annual Day of Caring. There are also private groups, businesses and other service organizations. The groups will reconvene after the hard and rewarding day of work at TerryHills at 3.


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