Allina Health and Free Bikes 4 Kidz

Allina Health hosts annual community bike collection event

Allina Health is proud to partner with Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) to host a community bike collection event on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at these participating Allina Health locations (also listed below). As a health care organization, we recognize good health habits start early, which is why each year we partner with FB4K, a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a healthier, happier childhood by providing bikes to those in need.

Consider donating a gently used or new bike and ask family and friends if they have one they'd like to donate.

Donate a bike at one of these Allina Health locations

Hospitals

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth, Plymouth
Buffalo Hospital
Cambridge Medical Center
District One Hospital / Allina Health Faribault Clinic
Mercy Hospital – Mercy Campus, Coon Rapids
Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus, Fridley

New Ulm Medical Center
Owatonna Hospital
Regina Hospital / Allina Health Hastings Nininger Road Clinic
River Falls Area Hospital / Allina Health River Falls Clinic, Wisconsin 
St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee 
United Hospital, St. Paul

Clinics

Allina Health Annandale Clinic
Allina Health Bandana Square Clinic, St. Paul
Allina Health Blaine Clinic
Allina Health Bloomington Clinic
Allina Health Brooklyn Park Clinic
Allina Health Burnsville Clinic
Allina Health Centennial Lakes Clinic, Edina
Allina Health Champlin Clinic
Allina Health Chaska Clinic
Allina Health Cokato Clinic
Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
Allina Health Cottage Grove Clinic
Allina Health Eagan Clinic
Allina Health Elk River Clinic
Allina Health Farmington Clinic
Allina Health Forest Lake Clinic
Allina Health Greenway Clinic, Minneapolis
Allina Health Highland Park Clinic, St. Paul
Allina Health Hopkins Clinic

Allina Health Inver Grove Heights Clinic

Allina Health Lakeville Clinic
Allina Health Maple Grove Clinic
Allina Health Northfield Clinic
Allina Health Oakdale Clinic
Allina Health Ramsey Clinic
Allina Health Richfield Clinic

Allina Health Savage Clinic
Allina Health Shoreview Clinic
Allina Health St. Michael Clinic
Allina Health Vadnais Heights Clinic
Allina Health West St. Paul Clinic
Allina Health Woodbury Clinic
St. Francis Health Services in Jordan

Additional locations

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Golden Valley
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – St. Croix

Free Bikes 4 Kidz video

In 2017, over 7,000 bikes were collected and then distributed to families in need. Watch our video below to learn more.

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Traditionally when you think of health care organizations, you think of caring for the sick or the injured. And part of our philosophy is, how can we connect with others to make ourselves healthy? Free Bikes for Kids has been partnering for us. Today, what you see is our bike giveaway, and hopefully get bikes in the hands of kids that normally wouldn't have them.

The coolest thing about this event is the synergy between all the different organizations. So we have the school district, we have Hayes Elementary, we've got Allina, we've got Free Bikes for Kids all coming together working to make this day happen, and it's awesome.

Every child gets a new helmet. And then they would have a guy that would walk them through each bike, decide which bike is appropriate for them. Then they will come back over to our mechanic station one last time, go through the bike, make sure it's safe. And then we go over here to rules of the road, where they learn stop sign, turning signals, and then outside to test the bike in the front parking lot.

We are the Purnell family. We raised six sons. And now, we are foster parents, and we have seven. It was always just important to my husband that our kids had bikes as they grew up, because it was just something that he didn't have as a child.

We heard about the free by giveaway down at the Hayes school. They looked, jaw dropping, eyes popping. They were like, can I go get one? I said, no, you got to wait in line. You got to be fitted. You got to be tested, fitted, and know the rules of the road.

A lot of our kids can't afford to go to the store and buy a new bike. They just can't. When partnerships come along that provide these resources for them, they take advantage of them. We've got a line all the way out to the boulevard right now, which is a hundred yards.

If it wasn't for Free Bikes for Kids, we would have to figure out some way to come up with money to buy bikes for seven kids, and they're not cheap.

These bikes have helped the family because it gives the kids more exercise. Our kids even ride bikes to the YMCA.

But I like they ride their bikes to work.

The more active kids are, the better shape they're in, the better, actually, they do with their math and other scores. And that's what this event is all about is promoting exercise and activity for children.

Allina, thank you. Thank you. I've rode bikes before. But to ride with my children's priceless.

Child getting fitted with bike helmet

An Allina Health employee helps fit a child with a new bike helmet.

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