Several local businesses came together to collect, repair and give away bicycles for needy youth. The project started in October and 40 bicycles were collected and will be distributed.
The project collected bicycles with the goal of distributing them for Christmas. Increases in childhood obesity and diabetes inspired the groups to help combat the problem.
"It is hoped that the children will get out and get the exercise they need," Rose Walton stated in a press release. "Parents are encouraged to pedal along, creating a family outing enjoyed by all."
Local volunteers and businesses collected nearly 40 bicycles that will be given away to those in need on Christmas.
Several local businesses and organizations chipped in to make the project successful. The First United Methodist Church, on Kerens Avenue, provided a parking lot as a place to collect the bicycles. The Companion Care Corporation on Fourth Street lent a basement as a location to store and repair the bikes. Joey's Bike Shop provided parts as well as bicycle donations.
"The used bicycle drive yielded close to 40 bicycles," the release stated. "Most bicycles collected were in various stages of disrepair, but most were able to be repaired and will be passed on to the needy children in the community for Christmas."
Catholic Charities will distribute the bicycles as part of its Christmas distribution.