Campus Crest Communities and Flagg Chapel Baptist Church teamed up for the eighth consecutive year, giving away more than 150 bicycles to families in need Friday.
Campus Crest owns The Grove at Milledgeville, a student housing community located at 500 W. Franklin St., and helped renovate the community center behind Flagg Chapel shortly after the apartments went up in 2005.
Now, the old school bus depot supports Flagg Chapel's outreach efforts. This community center warehouse staged the bike giveaway.
“When the Grove went up, we didn't know anybody in town. We wanted to be nice to our neighbors. This church really welcomed us in,” Mike Hartnett, co-founder of Campus Crest Communities, said. “We got to know Rev. Reid and saw what they were doing with the children and community programs and wanted to be a part of it. When we built our property, we renovated this which is now a community center for the kids.”
Dr. Collinda J. Lee a local educator and District 1 City Councilwoman said this is the time for giving.
“I like seeing people come together. It's shows fellowship especially when the church is involved because that's where everything should start anyway,” Lee said. “This is something that God wants us to do. You need to let people know we care, we appreciate you and we love you. That's the bottom line.”
Working with the Baldwin County School System and the Division of Family and Children Services, volunteers identified the right families in need. The call to say we have a bicycle for you never gets old.
“When you call them on the phone, they are excited because they didn't even have a clue they were on the list,” Lee said.
Shantise Preston said the church and housing community should keep up the good work.