Helping Works

Making kids’ dreams come true with the power of a bicycle

Last year, Boise Bicycle Project gave away 377 bikes. This year, they expect more than 400 kids at the shop on Saturday, Dec. 16, for the Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway.
Last year, Boise Bicycle Project gave away 377 bikes. This year, they expect more than 400 kids at the shop on Saturday, Dec. 16, for the Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway. Courtesy of Boise Bicycle Project

I’m sure a standout childhood memory for us all is getting our first bike!

It’s such a nostalgic event with so many mini-milestones even after receiving the bike — from the addition and removal of training wheels to constructing mini ramps for “sweet jumps” to giving your best friend a pump home from school.

Or in my case, watching the 1986 gem-of-a-movie “Rad” and feeling instantly inspired to form a bike club (which consisted of my little bro and myself) and ride through town performing such daring tricks as hopping a curb.

Boise Bicycle Project understands how important a bike is to a child, associating it with “a ticket to freedom and opportunity.”

So once again, BBP is hosting it’s annual Christmas Kids Bike Giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 16, at the shop, 1027 S. Lusk St., Boise.

In it’s 11th year, BBP expects to have more than 400 kids and their families shopping for their dream bike that day. Kids are referred by local non-profit organizations, schools, social workers, after-school programs and other like-minded organizations.

Community support is what makes such a number feasible and there are a few ways to help:

▪  Volunteer to build kids bikes at the shop or take one home through the build-a-bike program.

▪  Donate your no-longer-needed bikes during shop hours.

▪  Contribute to the Adopt-a-Bike program ($50) to refurbish a bicycle, or make a grassroots donation of any amount to support BBP’s mission of making affordable bicycles and bike maintenance education available to the community.

If you are interested in giving your time to build bikes or volunteering on the day of the giveaway, contact aaron@boisebicycleproject.org.

Call 208-429-6520 for more information.

Let’s talk turkey

For the 15th consecutive year, Les Schwab Tire Centers is teaming up with The Idaho Foodbank and its community partners to conduct a turkey drive.

From now to Dec. 31, Les Schwab Tire Centers will be accepting turkey donations for Idahoans who are in need of food this holiday season.

Last year alone, the drive provided nearly 600 turkeys to The Idaho Foodbank and the pantries distributing food to families statewide.

Organizers hope this year’s drive will encourage even more people to help their neighbors who are struggling during this special time of the year by donating turkeys at their local Les Schwab Tire Centers.

To find a location near you, go to lesschwab.com.

Turkeys are a part of The Idaho Foodbank’s organization-wide effort to distribute the food for nearly 3 million meals in just November and December.

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451

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