Columbus store owner plans to give away more than 300 bikes to children for Christmas

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Almost every kid wants a bike for Christmas, and thanks to one man's vision many local kids will!

East Coast Body Shop owner and operator Chester Jackson will host his 2nd Annual Music Essential Showcase: Bike Giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 21 at East Coast Body Shop 923-A Farr Road, beginning at 10 a.m.

There will be entertainment, food and refreshments for kids when they come by on Saturday. Last year his vision was to collect 100 bikes to be given to kids in the community, and he collected more than 300 to be given away. Jackson is determined to give away more than 300 bikes again for 2013!

If you have old children's bikes you are willing to donate, please drop them off at East Coast Body Shop, and Jackson can also pick them up at your convenience. The last day to donate a new or old bike is on Thursday, Dec. 18 to East Coast Body Shop.

To register your child between the ages of 7-14 years old for a bicycle this Christmas, please contact Jackson at (706) 685-0823.

The Music Essential Showcase was established by Jackson as a fundraiser for the purchase and restoration of the bicycles.

"It is important for the youth in our community to understand the importance of giving back," said Jackson when asked what the Music Essential Showcase meant to him.

The Music Essential Showcase 2012 winner, Desmund Yates, received an iTunes single deal courtesy of FireFly Music Group, LLC. This singles deal included studio time to record and master the song, and an iTunes single release with major market media coverage.

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