Bicycles get a new life, and bring smiles to children’s faces, when they go to the Bikes for Kids program, which is now in its 20th year.
The United Way of Colchester County is collecting used bicycles, which are cleaned up and repaired by skilled volunteers, and then given to youth.
“My child loves being outdoors as much as he can,” one parent said. “He would love to learn how to ride a bike; I cannot afford to get him a new bike, so this program would be a big help.”
Bikes are provided to those aged two to 18, and come with a new helmet, lock and safety booklet.
The United Way would love to hear from anyone wishing to donate a bike, volunteer their repair skills, or donate to help with the cost of helmets and parts.
Financial donations can be made through the online gift catalogue at www.colchester.unitedway.ca/gift-catalog, or by contacting the office, and are eligible for a tax receipt.
Applications for bikes can be picked up at the United Way office, online at www.colchester.unitedway.ca, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline is Friday, July 5. A parent or guardian’s approval is required when requesting a bike and the child must be present when it is given out.
For more information, contact the United Way at 902- 895-9313 or stop by the office at 90 Esplanade, Suite 2.