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Retired Tampa friends launch Bikes from the Heart, and have gifted 400+ bikes to those in need

a man in a baseball hat reapirs a bicycle in a shop
Bikes for Heart has repaired more than 200 bicycles in Tampa

In the heart of Downtown Tampa, two spirited retirees, Tim Eves and Tom Henry, members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, embarked on a heartwarming initiative. They planned to refurbish abandoned or impounded bikes, breathing new life into these forgotten wheels. Their mission? To provide reliable transportation to those in need—whether for work, medical appointments, or everyday journeys.

Since October, their noble endeavor has gained momentum. They’ve revived over 200 bikes with dedication and community support, a testament to their unwavering commitment. Nestled in an old converted convent, now their bustling bike shop, a dedicated team of volunteers gathers to mend and restore these humble steeds, turning dreams of mobility into reality, one pedal stroke at a time.

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Bikes from the Heart operates out of the convent at Sacred Heart’s North Campus.

two men stand next to each other in a bike shop wearing matching black t shirts
Tim Eves and Tom Henry are on a mission to give out hundreds of bikes to those in need in Tampa Bay

How you can residents participate:  Depending on your desire and abilities, many opportunities exist:

  • Repair/rebuild bicycles as part of a volunteer team
  • Pick up and deliver bicycles
  • Administration – scheduling volunteers, ordering and inventorying parts, tracking bicycles through the process
  • Coordinating with other ministries and organizations providing bicycles in the Tampa Bay area
  • Working with the supply chain to optimize the ministry’s reach
  • Donating used bicycles

You can learn more on the program’s official website.

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