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12/27/2012 6:01:00 AM
Pisteleros and Roses ask for help restocking bikes

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

The Pisteleros and Roses need help restocking their supply of new and used bikes for their annual Christmas party.

The group had 250 kids attend this year's party on Dec. 15 at the Golden Paradise Landowners' Building. Santa and Mrs. Claus made an appearance and the kids were treated to food, sweets, music and face painting.

With the help of VFW Post 2555, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Post 22 and its Ladies Auxiliary and many others the gunfighters were able to raise funds for and collect 90 feet of toys for the kids. Every child got at least one toy but the group only collected 20 bicycles this year.

The group's annual goal is to collect one bike for every child that attends, said Pistelero Mike Reisewitz. They don't always make it, but this year's party had one of the lowest collections of bicycles the group has had in a long time.

"We had one little boy, all he wanted was a bike," Reisewitz said. "I was calling out the ticket numbers and he just sat down right next to me. He didn't even look at the other toys. He just wanted a bike. He worried his ticket until it was as soft as toilet paper."

Unfortunately, the boy didn't win a bike. However, a couple of good Samaritans noticed his disappointment and a few days later showed up at the child's house with a new bike.

The Pisteleros and Roses collects new and used bicycles and tricycles through out the year. The group also holds an Easter Party in the spring for the kids.

To donate bicycles, toys, food or funds, call Michele or Mike Reisewitz at (928) 303-5044.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: Susan Yates

Joshua XXX
I am part of Pistoleros and Roses and am proud to be apart of this elite group.
As a group we work with assisting needy families, children and all three Vet associations in Golden Valley. Our original guy that was taking care of the bike repairs was unable to do the task. So others replaced him with little time left to accomplish the repairs needed. Others were spending their own money purchasing gifts and all the supplies needed to host a Christmas party for 298 children. We did pull together and the party was a huge success. What you don't hear about is families in need of food, clothing, shelter, wood for heat...the list goes on and on. Perhaps you should join the group. Sounds like you would be an asset helping. Oh yes, and as far as the wall the VFW donated to P and R to display plaques and trophies , they had to be put in place or lose the spot. So yes we met yet another time (our own time) to do this. How in the world does that offend you?

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Shell Rose

It is a shame when some people only see part of what a group does. The comment about the Pisteleros and Roses not deserving a pat on the back was unfair. No one in the group looks for or ask for any pats for anything. It is done for others to help as much as possible. There is more that goes into putting these types of events together and it always takes more then one person to do it. Any money that is put out to refurbish any of the bikes a receipt is turned in and money is replaced, but some times a member will just donate it. There are members all year long doing things to make the events happens. Some donate their time and money but you will never hear about them.
Everyone in the Pisteleros and Roses does what they can and not everyone outside of the group see this. I'm glad Joshua xxx helped we need all the help we can get.

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013
Article comment by: Joshua xxx

A special thanks needs to go out to a few members of the Pisteleros and Roses for making those bikes happen. Sorry but the whole group doesn't deserve a pat on the back this time!

It almost didn't get done and they would have been able to get more done if most of the members would have participated and even better if ALL of them did. I think a few were more worried about trophy displays and plaque hanging at the VFW than they were building bikes for kids. Unfortunately most of the funds for bike parts came out of one man in the groups pockets. Most of the labor done by him with the help of only a few others. He is not the type of guy that will make a fuss over this so I will for him. He doesn't know me and I'm not a member of the Pisteleros and Roses but I know 6 of them.
Only a few of the bikes were ready to ride when donated. 90% of the bikes needed parts and almost all needed tubes and tires! I know this because I helped deliver them when they were just a pile of pcs.

If any of you know a kid that needs a bike my son received a new one and would like to donate his old one in outstanding shape to a kid that NEEDS it.

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