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Bike shop owners launch new charitable endeavor

Posted: March 9, 2012 2:22 p.m.
Updated: March 9, 2012 2:22 p.m.

Roger and Shannon Hasper place children’s books and personal care items into a donation box at Newhall Bicycle Co. in Newhall on Friday.

 


A couple of months ago, Roger and Shannon Hasper heard a commotion outside their Newhall home window one night.

On investigating the noise, they found not a raccoon, not a stray cat, but two young women they called "helpless and near homeless."

They decided to help.

Starting today, the pair is putting a donation bin inside their Newhall Bicycle bike shop on Main Street with the hope people will drop off donations for the "helpless and near homeless."

Their encounter with people in need prompted them to try and provide.

"We got them into a homeless shelter," Shannon Hasper said Thursday. "And it got us thinking, ‘What else can I do?'"

Anyone in Newhall is likely to tell you that the Haspers already do quite a bit for the community.

If the success of their other charitable event is any indication, the donation bin might just catch on.

Every Thanksgiving the couple opens their hearts and the door of their business to neighbors and the hungry.

What began years ago as a Thanksgiving Day dinner shared by neighbors at the back of a bike shop evolved into an annual growing tradition that shuts down Main Street in Newhall for a festive celebration of sharing.

In November, more than 2,000 people filled Main Street south of Market Street on Thursday for the Haspers' annual Thanksgiving Feast party of dancing, helping and, of course, eating.

After their encounter with the two "helpless and near homeless" girls, the pair got in touch with Linda Malerba at the Lutheran Social Services who works helping many needy people in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Malerba helped get the two young women, who were comforted by the Haspers, hats and mittens and a bus ticket for at least one of them back to her home in Montana.

The Haspers want to bring attention to the good work done by Malerba and Lutheran Social Services.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at the bike shop on Main between Market and 6th streets.

 

 

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