Colby’s Ride Exceeds Goal, Continues Giving

| December 11, 2015 | 0 Comments | Community
Photo of Colby Smith provided by Keri Farley.

Photo of Colby Smith provided by Keri Farley.

Colby’s Ride, the charity in memory of local child Colby Smith, has recently doubled its goal of obtaining 25 new bicycles to gift to area children in need.

Colby Smith, 9, resident of Manassas and student at The Nokesville School, passed away this October in a dirt biking accident, despite wearing a helmet. His parents, Keri Farley and Zachary Smith, decided to do something to carry on Colby’s memory and founded Colby’s Ride.

The idea behind Colby’s Ride is to provide bicycles to children who do not have them.

Farley said it was a “perfect extension” of Colby’s life.

Colby had always had a passion for bikes from a very young age. He would go yardsaling with us and use his money to buy bikes for those kids in the neighborhood who were much less fortunate. He just felt very strongly that every kid should have a bike.

Colby’s Ride collected new bicycles, bike helmets and donations to provide bicycles to children in grades K-12. The organization is working with Prince William County School counselors, especially at Title I schools, to find children in need to whom they will give the bicycles. Farley said the counselors are asking parents their children’s favorite colors to help match the child to the bike.

Since it was Christmas season, the bicycles will mainly be given to the children as parents.

As Colby was born on May 25, and 25 became his favorite number, Farley set the goal of giving away 25 bicycles. However, due to the outpouring of support, that number has been doubled. Farley is grateful for the community for rallying behind Colby’s ride as well as their support in her family’s time of need.

“Support from the community is just completely overwhelmed and nothing that I really expected,” Farely said. “We live in such a big county, but I feel like we live in Mayberry because people have been so supportive. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Some of the biggest contributors have been Colby’s former schools. St. Thomas Aquinas, where Colby’s spend most of his elementary school years, raised $1,400 in four days via a student penny war. The Nokesville School, where Colby recently transferred, is participating via “Kindness Cards.” Additionally, the staff at Woodbridge Senior High School, where Colby’s grandma and aunt worked, has been very involved.

“So many people who have helped out,” said Farley.

Although they have surpassed initial goal, Farley plans to keep collecting donations and bicycles, saying they will give away as many as they can.

This Saturday, Colby’s Ride has an event planned at Smoothie King at 4296 Merchant Plaza in Woodbridge.

Children and adults alike can come to Smoothie King see Santa Claus and take photos with him. When they purchase a ‘Banana Boat’ smoothie, which was Colby’s favorite, Smoothie King will make a $1 donation to Colby’s Ride. Customers can also pledge a monetary donation at the store, or buy Colby’s Ride gear and apparel for which funds will be donated to the charity.

People who would like to give directly to Colby’s Ride can visit their website and Facebook page. Donations are easy via Paypal, and Farley and Smith can even pick up bicycles if necessary.

Farley hopes to do another bike collection in May in honor of Colby’s birthday, along with a benefit 5K to be held at Woodbridge Senior High School. She hopes to continue to collect bikes every May and December to carry on Colby’s legacy.

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