Last year, I did a Mommy Minute story about Bikes For Kids, a wonderful, local organization with a simple mission: all children deserve to enjoy a bicycle. In a crammed garage, a few guys refurbish used bikes for boys and girls in need. They are intense about their job, making sure each one is tuned and shined to perfection. Now, this small non-profit, based in Centerbrook and Old Saybrook, is helping families hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and providing bikes to youngsters who lost theirs during the super storm.
Check out this press release I received on Christmas Eve....detailing a lovely gesture of holiday giving.
BIKES FOR KIDS ANSWERS A CALL FOR HELP
On Saturday, December 15, Bikes For Kids, a non-profit organization that provides bicycles to children in need, recently answered a call for help from hurricane and fire victims on the south shore of Long Island.
Volunteers delivered 106 bikes and helmets to the village of Belle Harbor, an area hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. “We had the bikes ready to go and thought that the folks down there could really use them,” said Dave Fowler, head of the organization. “We were afraid that we might have been a little premature in making that delivery because some people didn’t even have a home to return to, but with the holidays right around the corner, our contact people thought that the kids should have at least a little something to make their holiday special.”
Signs of the devastation were still evident as the small convoy of trucks, loaded with bikes, pulled up to an abandoned restaurant which had been flooded in the storm. Entire blocks of homes had been burned when floodwaters prevented fire crews from approaching the flames. Debris littered the streets and pumps and generators were still working to remove water from basements and to provide electricity.
Dr. Michael Frogel, a noted Long Island pediatrician and point person expressed his thoughts on the large delivery of bikes. “Many bikes will be used by people in need of transportation to work. And it’s very important for the kids to be able to return to as normal a lifestyle as possible. A bike will allow them to do that.”
Bikes For Kids has donated over 14,000 bikes since 1989 and plans another trip to deliver bikes to Long Island after the first of the year. To donate a gently used bike, please call 860-395-7321. Monetary donations, used for repairs and new helmets can be made out to: Bikes For Kids and mailed to them at P.O. Box 94, Centerbrook, CT 06409.