The small charitable organization, located in Old Saybrook, has a simple mission: to provide every child with a bike. The group recently donated it's 16,000th refurbished bicycle. But, that's not all. Now, the organization is teaming up with a new program called Teenzone for Boys to encourage kids to help kids.
Recently, Bikes for Kids' president, Dave Fowler, met with a bunch of at-risk boys, to work with them and show them the ropes. “They helped assemble some brand-new bikes out of a box that we had just gotten,” he says, explaining that those bicycles were then donated to needy kids in Norwich. “They liked it so well, they want to come back.” Fowler plans to organize more events.
Teenzone works with both boys and girls, ages 13 to 17, to help them boost their self-esteem.
From communities in Connecticut to very far away, Bikes for Kids is committed to spreading generosity. In fact, the group recently sent bikes to Tanzania.
“Now the women can take bikes instead of walking miles to the mill to have maize ground up and walk back again. Now they can do this on a bicycle and be back in a reasonable amount of time," explains Fowler. “We’re told that the kids in this village have never even seen a bicycle before.”
Click here to find out how you can donate a bike or get involved with this worthy cause.
Also, call 860-388-BIKE.