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“Workers Without Wheels” Event is a Success in Mastic Beach

Legislator Kate Browning, PJ Balzer and his wife Catherine Gutierrez, David and Jonah Santos, and Chief of Staff Josh Slaughter in front of Fixed Gear Bike Shop in Mastic Beach.

Legislator Kate Browning, PJ Balzer and his wife Catherine Gutierrez, David and Jonah Santos, and Chief of Staff Josh Slaughter in front of Fixed Gear Bike Shop in Mastic Beach.

This past July, 18 year old Jonah Santos, a senior at William Floyd High School, and his father David Santos, launched a new bike shop business called “Fixed Gears Bike Shop” in Mastic Beach. Their mission is more than just selling and repairing bikes. They want to give back to the community and help improve the lives of their fellow residents. They share their vision with Pastor Patrick “PJ” Balzer, who formed Kings Kids Christian Outreach in Mastic Beach to help residents and families in need. The two partnered this past Saturday, August 20 to offer adult bicycles, as well as some kids bikes, to people without cars or easy access to mass transportation. The event resulted in 45 bicycles being given out to local residents that rely on bikes every day. Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) and her Chief of Staff Josh Slaughter attended the event to present organizations with certificates of appreciation for their efforts.
Throughout the morning a steady stream of families attended the bike giveaway event. The event featured “good condition and repairable bikes” offered on a “first come, while supply lasts” basis to anyone that needed transportation to work, school or care programs. The day was made possible by donations of bikes, bike parts and/or funding for the purchase of parts that were needed. They offered the bikes under the banner of “Workers Without Wheels”. “Workers Without Wheels” is a program founded in 2011 by Pastor Dwight Wolter of the Congregational church in Patchogue. To date, the program has given away well over 200 bicycles.
“We take for granted every day the privilege of owning a car to get to and from work,” said Legislator Browning. “Unfortunately, there are fellow neighbors that have fallen on hard times who don’t have the luxury of owning a vehicle or being able to purchase a bike. I applaud Fixed Gear Bike Shop and Kings Kids Christian Outreach for filling this need for our residents who must rely on bikes to survive. They are doing great work and I was happy to recognize them for their efforts.”

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