800+ bikes going to local kids who’ve never had one

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/BFEC) —  It is the biggest bike giveaway in the history of the non-profit “A Bike for Every Child”.  More than 800 bicycles are headed to kids who don’t have one.

On Saturday, December 16th from 11am-3pm, A Bike for Every Child is holding their biggest Earn-a-Bike giveaway at St. James Parish, giving away over 800 bikes and new helmets to youth in the Nourish NC program who have pre-registered for the event.

“During the giveaway participants will pick out a bike and receive a new helmet, fitted to his or her size, to take home Christmas,” Executive Director Kelly Cascaden said.  “They will also go through a safety training course that will teach bicycle safety, proper helmet wear, rules of the road, hand and arm signals, and how to repair and maintain their bikes.”

This year ‘A Bike for Every Child’ partnered with ‘Nourish NC’, a local nonprofit that provides “healthy food to hungry children,” to identify the children in our community with the most need.

The community came through big time with help!   Teenagers from eight local church youth groups in the “Be the Light” program.   They volunteered several weekends cleaning and fixing bikes as well as donated over 500 new bikes and raising money!  They include St. James Parish($2600), Pine Valley United Methodist- ($1410 and 90 new bikes), First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Wrightsville Beach United Methodist, Saint Andrews Covenant(even had kids in grades K-3rd that made necklaces, sold them and raised $300) , Wrightsville Beach Baptist, and Pine Valley Baptist.

The Retirement Resource Group donated the funds to purchase the 800+ helmets for the kids.

A local insurance company, The Retirement Resource Group, donated the funds to purchase the 800+ helmets, hire a lead bike mechanic, and purchased over 200 bikes for the event! Two Wheeler Dealer has been a huge support by donating hundreds of bicycles to the nonprofit since it began in addition to assisting in the program development and training.

Some of the bikes being given away to kids in the community.

A Bike for Every Child, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works daily to fulfill its mission of bringing our community together to support our youth to ride into happier, healthier futures. They believe in turning dusty bikes into shiny smiles, by collecting new or gently used bicycles from generous individuals who donate them to be refurbished and given, with a new helmet, to youth who need them.

Since A Bike for Every Child’s first event in June 2016, they will have given away over 1500 bicycles and new helmets to local youth.

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