As a child there are a few memories that stick with you for a lifetime.
Receiving your first bike is one of them.
Unfortunately the reality is that not every kid has that experience, which is where Chances and Services for Youth steps in.
For twenty years Bikes for Tykes has gifted underprivileged children with a special Christmas surprise.
412 bikes were assembled by Rose- Hulman students early this Saturday morning.
“It’s really nice to just, you know, give all these bikes out to the community. You know we live in the little rose bubble so it’s kinda nice to get outside of all that,” said Rose Hulman Student Andrew Mueller.
Once the bikes were up to code and finished, teachers from all over the Wabash Valley came with trucks and trailers to pick up the gifts.
“It just makes my heart full and happy to know that, you know, we’re giving back to these kids and giving them opportunities that they may not have otherwise,” said Lost Creek Elementary counselor Ashley Weir.
For many students these bikes are more than just a Christmas gift.
And CASY, along with Rose-Hulman and of course school officials are more than happy to provide this holiday service.
“Everybody can remember what it’s like to have that first bike for Christmas. It’s something that you’ll always remember. But secondly for a lot of the kids that we’re giving these bikes to, it’s their mode of transportation. It’s how they get to school, it’s how they get to the community center it’s how they exercise and play and everything,” said Brandon Halleck, Cheif Operating Officer of CASY.
Chances and services for youth is still taking donations to reach their fundraising goal of 30 thousand dollars.
It only takes 75 dollars to gift a child with a helmet and a new bike.