Two Wheels Good cyclists gather winter clothing for YESS

About 20 cyclists braved snowy streets Saturday to collect warm winter clothing for Youth Empowerment and Support Services.

Convoy collects gloves, jackets and other winter gear along 11km ride

No stranger to the need for winter clothing, a group of cyclists pedaled along the snowy streets of Edmonton to collect winter clothes for those in need. 1:14

Dave Shepard is no stranger to bundling up for the cold.

As a seasoned winter cyclist, he understands the importance of a warm set of clothing in keeping out the chill of an Edmonton winter. Shepard was one of the 20 riders to take part in the Two Wheels Good charity bike ride Saturday afternoon to collect winter clothing for kids living on the street.

“We ride through the winter because we want to, we can afford to dress for it,” Shepard said.

“We can afford to get the gear and stuff we need. But when we are out riding we often see people that don't have that choice, they are out there because they have to (be.)”

The 11km route took the cyclists from Stony Plain Road to Whyte Avenue, picking up clothing from donation boxes along the way.

“(Cyclists) have been asking for some things from the city and we also want to be giving some stuff back,” he said.

The ride finished at the Youth Empowerment and Support Services facility, where cyclists unloaded a cargo of jackets, gloves and other donated items.

“We work on empowerment and building community and building relationships with our kids, our clients and our community,” said Shannon Goralski, YESS’s donor relations specialist.

“So when we see things like this from Two Wheels Good it is like the culmination from everything coming together.”

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