Scott Campbell’s Christmas Promise remains with build-a-bike event



Volunteers showed up at Taylor Transport to build bicycles for children in the 11th year of the event presented by Waste Connections

Volunteers showed up to help out the volunteers, all in an effort to keep Scott Campbell’s Christmas Promise.

The annual Build a Bike took place at Taylor Transport in Vancouver on Saturday. Volunteers showed up to pick up bicycles in order to assemble at home or use the nearby workshop to build the bikes right there.

Taylor Transport and Waste Connections team up every year to keep the Scott Campbell Christmas Promise alive, volunteering to build hundreds of bicycles for children in need. Photo by Paul Valencia
Taylor Transport and Waste Connections team up every year to keep the Scott Campbell Christmas Promise alive, volunteering to build hundreds of bicycles for children in need. Photo by Paul Valencia

In all, more than 500 bikes were to be built this year, and those bicycles will be given to area non-profit organizations to be delivered in time for Christmas.

The annual get-together is powered by Waste Connections. The late Scott Campbell, who was a community leader and employee at Waste Connections, came up with the idea years ago. 

Cyndi Holloway of Waste Connections, along with a couple of her friends, made it to the Build a Bike event, the mission of Scott Campbell’s Christmas Promise. Photo by Paul Valencia
Cyndi Holloway of Waste Connections, along with a couple of her friends, made it to the Build a Bike event, the mission of Scott Campbell’s Christmas Promise. Photo by Paul Valencia

Waste Connections has the goal of keeping the promise alive.

Last year, because of the pandemic, bike-builders could only pick up the bikes and bring them home to assemble. This year, it was a hybrid of sorts. Folks could do that or build the bikes on site, at “Santa’s workshop.”

There was also a DJ providing holiday music, plus coffee, breakfast items, and other snacks.

Santa Claus, The Grinch, a Yeti (or was that a Wampa from the planet Hoth?), and Buddy the Elf also showed up to say hello in this, the 11th year of the bike build.

The children who will receive the bicycles will also get a helmet.

A group photo at the Scott Campbell Christmas Promise event of the volunteers who were on hand to help other volunteers get the bicycles in order to take them home to assemble. Dozens, maybe even hundreds, more volunteers help build more than 500 bicycles for children in need. Photo by Paul Valencia
A group photo at the Scott Campbell Christmas Promise event of the volunteers who were on hand to help other volunteers get the bicycles in order to take them home to assemble. Dozens, maybe even hundreds, more volunteers help build more than 500 bicycles for children in need. Photo by Paul Valencia
Santa Claus hangs out with a cut-out of the late Scott Campbell, who came up with the idea to bring the community together to build bicycles for children. Photo by Paul Valencia
Santa Claus hangs out with a cut-out of the late Scott Campbell, who came up with the idea to bring the community together to build bicycles for children. Photo by Paul Valencia
Just some of the boxes of bicycles that need to be assembled in time for Christmas. Photo by Paul Valencia
Just some of the boxes of bicycles that need to be assembled in time for Christmas. Photo by Paul Valencia
Mercy Jones installed the seat on this bicycle, with the help of her mother Jocelyn. Photo by Paul Valencia
Mercy Jones installed the seat on this bicycle, with the help of her mother Jocelyn. Photo by Paul Valencia
A few of the bikes and helmets that are ready to be delivered. Photo by Paul Valencia
A few of the bikes and helmets that are ready to be delivered. Photo by Paul Valencia
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