Bobby Holley elevating cash to purchase bicycles for kids

Bobby Holley collects bottles and cans again, this time to make bicycles.

Earlier this winter, the Battle Creek Community activist collected reusable bottles and cans and used the money to buy mittens, hats and winter coats for young people who needed them.

The money he raised was enough to buy 35 coats and 350 hats and gloves.

He said this week he will start collecting redeemable containers on Friday and hopes to raise enough money to buy and distribute 20 new bikes.

“There are many children in need who are going to need some good fun this summer, and these bikes can help bring some fun to children who can’t afford a new bike,” said Holley.

He asks for donations, but also collects clean redeemable cans and bottles in plastic bags. Donations can be made every Friday and Saturday from this week until April 17th.

Times and parking positions are:

• 11 am to 11:30 am at Faith Temple Church, 382 N. Washington Ave.

• Noon-12:30 pm at Urbandale Plaza, 1525 W. Michigan Ave.

• 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm at Pennfield Plaza on 1432 Capital Ave. NE

• 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Columbia Plaza, 100 S. 20th St.

The bikes are given to children aged 7-11 who have an essay entitled “Why do I need a bike?” Write and submit.

These essays should be sent to:

• Church of Living Waters

• P.O. Box 2296

• Battle Creek, MI 49016

The deadline is April 10th and contributions should include the child’s name, age, address, phone number, and the school they are attending.

Entries are judged by a committee made up of Susan Newcomb, Candace Leibert, Pastor Joe Hooper, Tim Johnson, Sam Gray, and Holley.

Bikes for boys and girls will be given to the top essay winners in May, Holley said.

Donations can also be sent to the Church of Living Water.

Contact Trace Christenson at 269-966-0685 or