Scott Childers and Todd Fineran, owners of The Shack restaurant in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach, collected 55 bicycles this season, their third year of assisting in the Yachts for Tots toy drive in the North Myrtle Beach area.
The bikes for Christmas idea came about three years ago when a customer challenged other customers of the restaurant to donate bikes as part of the effort to help area kids have a happy Christmas.
Last year the restaurant collected 65 bikes, but Childers was still very happy with this year’s drive. “It was a great success. The customers really did a great job donating this year and we really look forward to doing it again next year,” Childers said last Friday.
“I hope we made a lot of kids happy in the North Myrtle Beach area. We got 55 bikes and it was a very successful year. We had some people who purchased more than one bike. One person donated at least five,” Childers added.
Childers attributed the success of the drive to several factors. “We have one of the best customer bases that I have been associated with in the restaurant business. Our people are part of a family. They really help out when people need it. The employees also are a big part of our success in helping the less fortunate,” he said.
Childers stated that the restaurant is entering its tenth year of serving customers. “We continue to grow and get a lot of new customers every week. It’s a pretty good deal here but good management and great employees does make it a lot easier,” Childers said.
Donated bikes were to be collected this week and distributed before Christmas to needy families.