Allina Health nurse collects 900 bikes for Free Bikes 4 Kidz

[Fox 9 News, October 06, 2022] Each bike Deb Fortner and her husband unload from a trailer parked in their driveway has a story. Each one is also a chance for a child to pedal their way to a healthier life.

"It just warms my heart. It just warms my heart. I always try to get as many bikes as I can. I set my expectations high and I don't always meet them, but I'll collect bikes until the very last minute," said Fortner.

Every year, Fortner collects used bicycles of all shapes and sizes to donate to Free Bikes 4 Kidz Minnesota, a non-profit that works with Allina Health. Free Bikes 4 Kidz cleans and fixes them up and gives them to children who may not ordinarily be able to afford one.

Each year Allina Health holds a collection event so folks can donate their unused bikes to Free Bikes 4 Kidz. The collection event is October 8 and you can find the 26 Allina Health drop off sites online at

CCX Media also covered this story.

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