- To make a donation, click on the link above.
- If you prefer your donation go to “Holiday Food & Toys” over the “Bike Giveaway,” make a note in the “Comments” field.
Your gift may be used to purchase other holiday gifts than bicycles for the children because of supply chain issues this year. If you do not consent to this, please indicate so in the “Comments” field.
Thank you for your donation!
We are proud to announce that for the 16th consecutive year, the OCBF and the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton (“ASYMCA”) are once again partnering to support our young enlisted Marine and Navy service members and their families based at Camp Pendleton by fulfilling the holiday wishes of their children by their receiving a bike or a gift from the ASYMCA’s “Bike Giveaway” and “Holiday Food and Toys” programs.
Since 2005, the ASYMCA has given bicycles to the children of deserving, junior enlisted service members and their families. Because the ASYMCA does not receive federal funding and must rely on the local community for support, the OCBF has supported the bike giveaway effort since 2006. A tax-deductible donation of just $50 buys a child a new bike and helmet. Again this year, you also have the option to earmark your contribution to the ASYMCA’s “Holiday Food and Toys” program.
With OCBF assistance last year, over 375 bikes were delivered to needy members of our military family at Camp Pendleton and other bases. This achievement is the result of your support. With COVID-19 and “donor fatigue” from natural disasters and the absence of recent troop deployments into conflict zones, there is a shortage of funding. Moreover, supporting our troops isn’t as popular within the community at large as it once was. The OCBF has again agreed to assist to make sure that these critical programs continue. We would like to ensure a minimum of 400 bikes are available this holiday season and we will hopefully be able to exceed that minimum.
To achieve our goal, we are asking that each member make a tax-deductible contribution to the ASYMCA. Donations can either be made by a check payable to “Armed Services YMCA” with “OCBF Bike Giveaway” or “OCBF Holiday Food and Toys” written in the memo section, or click HERE to donate online. Checks should be mailed to the OCBF, 6789 Quail Hill Parkway #204, Irvine, California 92603. Please have your donations arrive by December 1, 2021 so that the funding can be available for bike purchases. For many of the junior enlisted and their families living in the high cost area of Southern California, a bike is out of their reach, so your contribution to the event will be a very significant gift.
Thank you for your kindness and making this holiday season a brighter one for our Marines, Sailors and their families.
Very truly yours,
Hon. John E. Ryan (ret.)
Former Member, ASYMCA
Board of Management