HUNTSVILLE Ala. - The 13th annual Bikes or Bust is well underway. This year's goal is to raise more than 2,000 bikes for Toys for Tots to give to children in the Tennessee Valley for Christmas.
In the last 13 years, WZYP’s Mojo has dedicated 65 days on the scissor lift in an effort to make Christmas a special one for local kids. "It's physical; it's also mental and emotional. Five days away from my family, five days in the elements; whatever they may be," said Mojo.
He says Bikes or Bust is his favorite and least favorite event of the year, but he does it for one reason. "The kids, to be honest, the children of the Tennessee Valley,” said Mojo. "The idea of Bikes or Bust is to give those same children a present on Christmas that they will remember the rest of their lives, because we all remember our first bike."
Jenny Hunter worked with the Ruby Tuesday stores across the district. They managed to bring in a bike, or two or three. "Last year we had 13, and this year we have 20,” said Hunter. "Just to know we get to help kids in the area and give them things that people struggle all the time and be able to help people is just the best feeling in the world."
If they reach their goal of 2,105 bikes, that means they've given away 20,000 bikes over the last 13 years.
If you'd like to donate money or a bike to Bikes or Bust, visit Mojo and the crew at Ashley Furniture on Memorial Parkway, just south of Drake Avenue. They'll be there 24 hours a day until 6 p.m. on Monday, November 23.