Buffalo Exchange and Bug's Bikes Charity

A Little Goes a Long Way: Buffalo Exchange Boston and Bug’s Bikes

By Savannah Timpani, Buffalo Exchange HQ

If you’ve ever shopped in one of our stores, you’re probably familiar with our Tokens for Bags program – you know, the one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside because you have the chance to donate to a local charity every time you shop. If you’re not familiar, here’s the way it works: instead of supplying plastic bags that cost about a nickel apiece, we offer shoppers a token worth 5 cents to put towards a good cause. Every six months, we give three new charities the chance to participate. Recently, Buffalo Exchange Boston in Somerville teamed up with Bug’s Bikes to help children with special needs. Read on to find out why we’re proud to be supporting this awesome non-profit!

How did it all begin?

The idea for Bug’s Bikes came from 5-year-old ‘Bug’, a visually impaired kid with High-Functioning Autism who really loves to ride his bicycle! After finishing his second day of Adaptive Bike Camp, which helps children of all ability levels to ride, he decided that all kids should have the chance to ride their bike home every day. Unfortunately, with price tags for basic adaptive trikes running from $600 to $1,000 on average, many families can’t afford them. Every bike is a little different depending on the kid. Bug’s bike, for example, has three wheels, a seat belt and a seatback.

Buffalo Exchange and Bug's Bikes

“Bikes Like Me for Kids Like Me”

Determined to help his friend Sienna get a bike, Bug set up a lemonade stand with the help of his parents. Who would have figured that they’d raise over $2,000 in just three days? On October 2, 2013, Bug’s Bikes gave their first bicycle to 5-year-old Sienna. Since then, Bug’s Bikes has run an annual lemonade stand, along with other fundraising efforts, to support Bug’s vision of “Bikes like mine for kids like me!” The adaptive bikes that Bug raises money for often give families their first chance to ride bikes together and are great therapeutic tools for helping kids with special needs to build strength. Eventually, Bug’s Bikes hopes to expand the program and give out several bikes a month!

Buffalo Exchange and Bug's Bikes Lemonade Stand

To find out more about Bug’s Bikes and volunteer with them, visit BugsBikes.org. Or, if you’re in the Boston area, stop by Buffalo Exchange Boston Somerville to donate a token and help Bug keep the wheels turning!


Buffalo Exchange Arts Award 2017 Nathanael Gregory Myers

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2017 Arts Award!

Every year, with the help of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Buffalo Exchange honors an emerging Southwest artist with an award of $10,000 to encourage creativity, innovation and excellence in the arts. This year, we’re proud to announce Nathanael Gregory Myers as the recipient of 2017 Arts Award! Myers is an inspirational visual artist, dancer and musician.

“We created the Arts Award because we believe art is essential to the well-being of the community,” says Buffalo Exchange Founder Kerstin Block. “We’re proud to support Nathanael, an up-and-coming multi-medium artist in Southern Arizona who is clearly committed to giving back.”


Tokens for Bags® – Pink Door

By Tricia G., Buffalo Exchange Tucson

A new year means looking forward to the year to come and new beginnings. For our stores, it also means a whole new collection of empowering nonprofit organizations to support through our Tokens for Bags® program!

One particular charity that focuses on new beginnings is Pink Door in Houston. Pink Door’s mission is to help women begin a new life after fighting cancer through their “My Pink Wish” program. Support means different things for different women, and can range anywhere from building a therapeutic garden to financial assistance.

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