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Sunday, March 9, 2014

LouFamFun Volunteer Challenge - March

 photo IMG_2428_zps3e9c85b6.jpgDriving to a friend’s house one day, my husband and I spotted a sign on a telephone pole at the intersection of Herr and Westport. It said, “Got old bikes? We give to the needy.” Being involved with the Burrito Riders, I knew we had to check this place out. So here’s the who, what, when, and how’s of the Trikes for Tikes:

 photo IMG_2429_zps6d28554f.jpg Who: Trikes for Tikes was started through Northeast Christian Church back in 2000. They have grown from just giving away bikes on Christmas to giving them away year around to organizations such as Home of the Innocents, Boys and Girls Haven, Centro Latino, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent De Paul Society, and the Beecher’s Terrace and Park Hill housing community.
What: They repair bikes in their workshop and then give them away. They gave away over 700 bikes that they repaired last year!
When: The group works every Thursday from 6-9pm.
Where: They have a workshop set up in Crestwood at 6402 Westwind Way. It is in a stripmall right (Arbor Ridge Point) off the 329 Bypass next to a chiropractor business.

How to get involved:

 photo IMG_2431_zpsdc610d96.jpg ● Donations: Give away your old bikes: anything from a toddler bike on up. It does not matter what kind of shape it is in, they will take it. They have drop-off locations on their website. You can also donate helmets, bike parts, or even a monetary donation.
● Time: Get involved on Thursday nights to help repair the bikes. All ages and no experience repairing bikes welcomed.

 photo IMG_2437_zps07d0e436.jpg photo IMG_2436_zps1fd13937.jpgWe stopped by there one Thursday as a family to donate some bikes and to see how we could help. They were super friendly and great with my young kids (6, 3, and 1). My two sons were able to get right in there with one of the guys and help fix some brakes and air up the tires. Then my oldest got to take the bike they just fixed for a test ride to make sure it worked properly. They loved it! They had a couch in there so in the future when we return if the kids need to take a break they can do that too. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information.

By guest contributor: Jeanette

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