Bikes For Kids was conceived in 2019 to provide bikes for underprivelaged children in Northern Indiana. The organization was started by Mark and Cathy Sage (Bios on About Us page).
Why did we start BFK? - Mark and Cathy's grandson, Damian (pictured above), received a new bicycle for his birthday in November of 2019. He was 6 years old at the time and we asked him what he wanted to do with his old bike that he no longer needed. His response was, "can we give it to another child that cannot afford one?" That response started us thinking and after considerable research, we're making Damian's wish a reality on a larger scale.
Between November '19 and May 2020 we started collecting bikes in cooperation with Chip Dean of The Integrety Academy of Marshall Arts in Plymouth, Indiana. We received help from our great bike mechanics, Dan Atkinson, Richard Patterson and Joe Barnes, to get the bikes ready. Norma Atkinson, a Certified Bike Instructor, also helped match the bikes to the kids on the day of the giveaway event. Numerious other volunteers made the event a success as well. During our first giveaway at River Park Square in Plymouth, we delivered approximately 100 bicycles to local kids and served a hot lunch to over 275 residents.
During our 2nd annual giveaway on April 3rd, 2021, we gave away 242 bikes and one special needs bicycle to St. Joseph Medical to help six children in their physical therapy department. Blissville Church of the Brethern in Plymouth provided 645 lunches, a great clean-up and (semi trailer) loading crew and Integrity Acadamy of Martial Arts provided the semi trailer unloading crew and the bike and food runners. We had two TV stations and three radio stations cover the event. Unfortunately, we ran out of bikes well before we ran out of kids that needed them and had to turn away over 20 carloads of deserving kids.
Our goal is to acquire and/or refurbish over 300+ bikes for our 3rd annual giveaway on Easter Weekend, 2022. We are looking for Civic, Corporate and Individual Sponsors for our 3rd giveaway, with an approximate budget of $20,000.00 to be raised for the next event.
Bikes For Kids, Inc. 19329 6B Road, Plymouth, Indiana 46563