You don’t have to go all the way to the north pole to find Santa’s helpers this holiday season.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students, faculty, and staff members share their time and problem-solving skills to help the community and those less fortunate.
“Welp, I just remember how important having a bike was when I was a kid,” says Nico Price, RHIT student.
For the eighteenth straight year, engineering students from all over Rose Hulman’s campus came out Saturday morning to spend hours assembling bikes, all in the hopes that the smile on a child’s face would be worth every minute they put into the project.
“It’s really good at the end of the day knowing ‘hey, we fixed all of these bikes, and we got all of these bikes out there for children to use,'” says Ariella Halevi, RHIT student.
From 412 boxes to 412 fully functioning bikes, outside organizations who are approved for the bikes, came to pick up their two-wheeled gifts.
“Yes it is a bike, and yes, it is parts that will wear out, but the impact on that child’s life will go on forever,” says Tracy Hamilton, a senior minister. “And the main thing that we want these kids to realize is love, hope and joy. And when you have that foundation, everything will build up off of it.”
From the parking lot on Rose Hulman’s campus the bikes will journey across the county to make their way to into the arms of children in need of a little holiday cheer.
“Just knowing that you can make somebody’s life better by giving them a bike, even if they won’t use it in two months, it’s still nice to know that we’ve been able to give somebody this,” says Halevi.
Bikes for Tykes project volunteers include members of Rose-Hulman’s Greek organizations, athletic teams, residence life staff and other student groups, along with the facilities operations office staff.