Community collaborates to deliver unclaimed bikes

Community collaborates to deliver unclaimed bikes
Posted on 11/28/2016
This week, an impromptu community partnership sent good tidings throughout La Plata County and the city of Durango. The Durango Police Department has a cache of abandoned bicycles - those turned is as found property - that are left unclaimed in the Police Department's coffers. After at least 90 days, and often much longer, the bicycles are typically auctioned to the highest bidder.

This holiday season, though, the unclaimed bicycles had a different fate. The Durango Police Department reached out to the La Plata County Department of Human Services, who contacted foster families to see whether the bicycles would be useful to their foster kids. The answer was a resounding "yes!"

Additionally, the Volunteers of America Durango Community Shelter and Southwest Safehouse were able to use some of the bicycles for folks who use those facilities. In all, 17 bicycles were delivered with the help of La Plata County General Services staff. Foster families picked up 11 bicycles at the Department of Human Services, making for an extra special holiday season for 11 La Plata County kiddos!

We are so pleased with this impromptu and touching community partnership and hope to continue it in years to come. Happy Holidays!