Allina Health is collecting unused bikes for annual Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN donation drive

MINNEAPOLIS, (Sept. 27, 2022) — Allina Health is teaming up with Free Bikes 4 Kidz Minnesota for the 12th year in a row to collect donated bicycles throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin for kids in our communities. Last year more than 7,000 bikes were collected, cleaned and refurbished to donate to those in need of a bike.

We are asking community members to consider donating a gently used or new bike and asking 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 26 Allina Health locations on Oct. 8, 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 Lisa Shannon, Allina Health president and CEO. "As a health care organization, we recognize good health habits start early. We are so proud of our twelve-year partnership with FB4KMN, an organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a healthier, happier childhood by providing bikes to kids and families.”

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 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, 10 hospitals / 13 campuses, 15 retail pharmacies, and many specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.