RIVER FALLS, Wis.
On Saturday, December 7, more than 50 kids from River Falls,
Ellsworth and Spring Valley received an early Christmas present. Volunteers
at River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, provided the kids with
free bikes and bike helmets, along with information on bike safety and
Across the Allina Health system, more
than 5,000 kids received bikes at 12 giveaway events. These bikes were
collected at 51 Allina Health locations on Saturday, October 12. For nearly
two months, volunteers worked tirelessly to clean and repair the bikes to
have them ready for the kids.
"Biking is fun, a great way to get
around town and excellent exercise," explained Heather Logelin, the
hospital's director of foundation and community engagement. "We know that
for some families, purchasing a new bike just isn't an option. This
program is all about getting bikes into the hands of those kids, so that
they can get outside and be active."
This was the third year in
a row that Allina Health has teamed up with Free Bikes 4 Kidz to collect
and distribute donated bicycles for kids in need throughout Minnesota and
western Wisconsin. Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared
toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by
providing bikes to those most in need. More about Free Bikes 4 Kidz is
available online at www.fb4k.com.