Nearly $2,000 and More Than 30 Bikes Donated During WCCBI Toys for Tots Bike Drive Challenge

Midtown Motors donated $1,500 and 21 bikes to Toys for Tots during the WCCBI Bike Donation Challenge. Pictured are Kevin Ruttenbur (Midtown), Ryan Wellner (Toys For Tots, Warren, PA Toys for Tots Rep.), Tyler Maeder (Midtown), Jenny Decker (Midtown), and John Papalia (WCCBI). Photo submitted.

WARREN, Pa. – In early November, the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry issued a challenge to its members to help raise money so Toys for Tots could purchase bikes for kids this Christmas.

Challenge accepted . . . challenge crushed.

The donation challenge ended at the conclusion of the annual Downtown Christmas Parade and Walk on Friday. The push generated nearly $2,000 and more than 30 bike donations to Toys for Tots.

“Thanks to numerous donors, we were able to raise $1,985 in cash/check,” the WCCBI said in a statement. “Monetary donations will help purchase additional bikes and safety gear for all.”

The goal was to help Toys for Tots raise enough funds to purchase 10 bikes. Two donors tripled that goal on their own.

Brian Haner donated 10 bikes to Toys for Tots during the WCCBI Bike Donation Challenge. Pictured are John Papalia (WCCBI), Haner, and Ryan Wellner (Warren, PA Toys for Tots Rep.). Photo submitted.

Brian Haner, a real estate agent with JC Warren Real Estate, personally donated 10 bikes.

“This area has been very loyal, confident, and trusting with listing and buying properties from me and this is my way of giving back and saying thank you,” Haner said.

Midtown Motors donated $1,500 and 21 bikes to the cause.

“On behalf of WCCBI, we say thank you for the continued support from our community and wish all County residents a very safe and Merry Christmas,” the WCCBI said.

WCCBI also wanted to give special thanks to Orange Line Media, CTI Physical Therapy, Kinzua Federal Credit Union, Northwest Bank, ERA Team VP Real Estate, Mr. and Mrs. Bartsch, and Mrs. and Mrs. Leasure.