Fall garage cleaning? Allina Health collecting would like those unused bikes for annual Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN donation drive

For more information, contact: Tim Burke, 651-409-3030

MINNEAPOLIS, (Sept. 28, 2021) — Allina Health is teaming up with Free Bikes 4 Kidz Minnesota for the 11th year in a row to collect donated bicycles throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin for kids who may not be able to afford one. Last year more than 7,000 bikes were collected, and we're poised to collect even more this year!

Consider donating a gently used or new bike and ask family and friends if they have one they'd like to donate, including adaptive bikes for kids with disabilities. Donations will be accepted at any of these 37 Allina Health locations on Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"We want to help make it possible for every child to have a bike and participate in a fun and environmentally friendly activity that promotes good health," says Penny Wheeler, MD, Allina Health CEO. “Never has this goal been more important than during this coronavirus pandemic.”

"As a health care organization, we recognize good health habits start early," said Allina Health President and Chief Operations Officer, Lisa Shannon. “That’s why we are so proud of our eleven-year partnership with FB4KMN, an organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a healthier, happier childhood by providing bikes to those who may not be able to afford one.”

Your safety is our top priority. We’ll be wearing masks and following additional COVID-19 safety guidelines at all bike drop off locations. We ask that you do so as well.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN is also seeking volunteers to help clean and prepare the donated bikes for distribution. For more information and to volunteer visit FB4KMN.org.

Bikes will be distributed in the spring next year. Kids who receive a bike will also get free bicycle helmets and bike safety information from Allina Health at the distribution events.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.