Donors and volunteers line up in October 2018 to load donated bikes into the back of a vehicle, which will then deliver them to a warehouse for refurbishing. This year’s bike drive will take place Oct. 5 at 22 Henry Ford medical centers.

Donors and volunteers line up in October 2018 to load donated bikes into the back of a vehicle, which will then deliver them to a warehouse for refurbishing. This year’s bike drive will take place Oct. 5 at 22 Henry Ford medical centers.

Photo provided by Henry Ford Health System


Donate bicycles to give kids new wheels

By: Emily Jones | C&G Newspapers | Published September 30, 2019

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METRO DETROIT — From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, there will be a bike drive for children at 22 Henry Ford medical centers that are participating in the Free Bikes 4 Kidz bike drive.

The event is being held thanks to a partnership between Henry Ford and FB4K, a national nonprofit organization that brings bicycles to children who cannot afford them. Any type of bike is encouraged to be dropped off, including adult bikes, children’s bikes, old bikes and new bikes. The goal is to collect enough bikes for 3,000 children.

It is common for people to have old bikes sitting in their garages, or ones that their children have outgrown. Instead of throwing them out or letting them take up storage space, FB4K encourages people to donate their bikes to enrich children’s lives.

When the bikes are dropped off, Free Bikes 4 Kidz transports them to a warehouse where they are repaired and refurbished. The bikes come out of the process clean and renewed, ready to find a new home.

The whole program is run by volunteers, from Henry Ford employees collecting bikes to bicycle cleaners. To find out how to volunteer, visit www.fb 4kdetroit.org/volunteer. Cleaning and repairing the bikes takes place from October to December, with the bikes being distributed in December.

According to a press release, the bikes received by the children are sometimes their first bikes, making it a very special moment for them.

“Bicycles should be a part of growing up for every child — and a part of all of our lives, for that matter. Riding bikes keeps us active, healthy and strong. Riding a bike brings kids independence, builds confidence, offers a positive way to spend time and a practical means of transportation. Best of all, bikes are just plain fun,” Paul Szilagyi, vice president of primary care at Henry Ford Medical Centers, said in a prepared statement.

For more information about the event and to find drop-off locations — which include medical centers in Warren, St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe Farms, Fraser, Sterling Heights, Troy, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield and Southfield — visit www.henryford.com/bikes.

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