RIVER FALLS, Wis.
St. Anne’s ROCK Youth Group collected more than 80 bikes for FB4K and helped load the trucks.
River Falls proved it is a city with a heart, donating 220 new and gently used bikes for families in need.
The Free Bikes 4 Kidz collection event was held at River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, on Saturday, October 10. The bikes donated in River Falls were added to those collected across Allina Health’s hospitals and clinics in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, totaling 5,512–setting a new world record for the most bikes collected in a day.
The River Falls bikes were received by hospital staff and community volunteers including St. Anne’s ROCK youth group and Guardians for the Children motorcycle group.
It’s the fifth year that Allina Health has teamed up with Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) to collect donated bicycles for kids in need. New this year was the partnership with the Mall of America which has provided warehouse and work space in which to service the donated bikes.
"We want to help make it possible for every child to have a bike and participate in a healthy, fun and environmentally-friendly activity," says Penny Wheeler, MD, Allina Health president and CEO. "As a health care organization, we recognize good health habits start early, which is why we partner with FB4K, an organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a healthier, happier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need."
Free Bikes 4 Kidz is seeking volunteers to help clean and prepare the donated bikes for distribution in December. For more information and to volunteer visit FB4K.org. Kids will also receive free bicycle helmets and concussion prevention information from Allina Health at the bike distribution.