By Steve Breazeale
Don Glasgow has been on a three-month long mission to collect new and gently used bicycles from around town to donate to children and families of El Nino, Mexico.
When Glasgow started on his venture in November, he had his sights set on gathering around 100 bikes. Fast forward to January and Glasgow’s garage, backyard and just about every space in his house has been overrun by things with two wheels, donated from citizens of San Clemente, Dana Point and beyond.
As of Jan. 28, he has collected 140 bikes, which will all be donated in the coming weeks.
Glasgow has had to fix a good amount of them, which means swapping out tire tubes and adjusting or fixing broken pedals and seats. He admits he has become a pseudo expert on bicycle repair; something he never dreamed would happen in his life.
Glasgow estimates nearly 50 of the bikes are now in the hands of the people of El Nino, many of which didn’t have a means of transportation before the initiative.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to every donor for expressing their love of these needy families and kids,” Glasgow said. “Believe it or not, there are many kids who have never had a bike. Now they have the chance to have one and begin their journey of fun on wheels.”