Marine General Supply in Duluth will hold its annual Bike Drive and Ice-Fishing Kick-Off event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the store, 1501 London Road. Store employees will deep-fry 55 turkeys and serve turkey sandwiches throughout the day. The event showcases ice-fishing gear and serves as a way to collect donations for bicycles that the shop gives to the Salvation Army for distribution at the holidays. The event is free.
Bob Rogers of Marine General started the bike drive five years ago as a way to pay back the generosity that he and his family received when he was a kid in Superior.
“We had hand-me-down bikes that the Fire Department fixed up for us,” Rogers said.
Last year, Rogers and Marine General collected $4,600 for bicycles, he said. Rogers buys the bikes for $25 to $150 each from local stores. They’re assembled by employees at London Road Car Wash and Miller Hill Subaru in Duluth, then donated to the Salvation Army. Last year, Marine General donated 135 bikes, Rogers said. Over the past four years, the firm has donated more than 500 bikes, Rogers said.
Donations are tax deductible and can be made through Christmas at Marine General, London Road Car Wash and London Road Rental.