COLUMBIA — The PedNet Coalition is holding its first warm winter gear drive to collect hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and ski masks.
People are invited to donate items to low-income Columbia residents through Nov. 30, according to PedNet.
Donations will be accepted at Klunk Bicycles, 12 N. Second St., Cyclextreme Bicycle Warehouse, 19 S. Sixth St., and Walt's Bicycle and Nature Fitness, 1217 Rogers St.
Monetary donations marked "ATTN: Bike Education" can be mailed to PedNet Coalition, 501 Fay Street, Suite 204.
More than 75 individuals from Columbia Public Housing, Refugee and Immigration Services, Veteran's Administration and the Voluntary Action Center participated in the coalition's Earn-A-Bike program this past summer. Education coordinator Gina Overshiner said most of the donations would go to these participants.
"They're really relying on their bicycles," she said.
Participants in the program took bicycle safety classes and received a refurbished bike. Many of them use bikes as a means of transportation due to their lack of resources.
Overshiner said many of the refugees can't speak English and therefore can't obtain licenses. Others have lost their licenses or can't afford a car. The donations will assist in making transportation for these individuals more comfortable during the winter months.
For more information, contact Overshiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.