NEW ULM - More than 80 bicycles were donated to needy children by Saturday noon at New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC).
For the third straight year, NUMC teamed up with Free Bikes 4 Kids, a non-profit organization created to help all children ride into a happier, healthier children.
Children received free bicycle helmets and concussion prevention information from Allina Health when they donated bicycles that will be distributed across Minnesota and western Wisconsin later this fall.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Joey Brehmer, foreground, ofNew Ulm helped clean donated bicycles Saturday at the New Ulm Medical Center Bikes 4 Kidz event.
"Our goal was more than 100 bicycles. We're well on our way," said NUMC volunteer Mary Johanneck shortly after Saturday noon. Donations were accepted until 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot behind the hospital.
Volunteers are still sought to repair and safety check bikes for December holiday distribution. Virtually all bikes are given away through a network of non-profits, community organizations, churches and schools.
The best way to get a bike to contact one of these types of organizations and ask if they are connected to FB4K. If not, ask them to consider getting involved with FB4K.
"Biking can be a life-long pastime," said Allina Health CEO Kenneth H. Paulus. "Many of our employees are avid cyclists. We want to make it possible for every child to participate in this healthy, fun and environmentally-friendly activity. We want to put kids back on the streets. Biking is fund, a great way to get around and excellent exercise."
Last year, Allina Health and Free Bikes 4 Kidz collected more than 5,000 bikes that were refurbished and redistributed in time for Christmas.
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