electrical bike Cottage amongst drop-off places for bike assortment
In its third yr, Free Bikes 4 Kidz Detroit has narrowed its variety of assortment websites from greater than 20 to only 4, because of COVID-19 issues.
As a result of the Grosse Pointe assortment location amassed in its first two years extra bicycle donations than another metro Detroit location, Henry Ford Medical Middle—Cottage was chosen as certainly one of this yr’s collaborating places.
“COVID-19 has modified this yr’s donation day, however I’m grateful Cottage is part of maintaining Free Bikes 4 Kidz going,” mentioned Marianne Langlois, director of Cottage. “I’m certain the neighborhood will come via once more in 2020, simply because it has the final two years.”
This Saturday, Oct. 3, the Detroit chapter of Free Bikes 4 Kidz hosts its third annual bike assortment, which turns used, undesirable bicycles into vacation items for youngsters.
Bikes might be collected from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Henry Ford Medical Middle—Cottage, 131 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, in addition to at its medical facilities in Dearborn, Sterling Heights and Royal Oak. Moreover, House Depot shops in Northville, Farmington, Rochester Hills, Woodhaven and Troy additionally function assortment places.
That is the primary yr House Depot has joined the Free Bikes 4 Kidz Detroit effort.
Bikes additionally could also be donated on the Free Bikes 4 Kidz warehouse, 411 Piquette, Detroit, after assortment day.
This yr, as in previous years, donors will pull as much as the curb and volunteers will unload their bikes and supply a tax donation kind.
“It’s such a special occasion for all concerned,” Langlois mentioned. “There’s a terrific feeling within the air. The donors are joyful to see their bikes going to children who might be joyful to have them. Mother and father like the chance to mannequin generosity. Owners welcome a spot to do away with dusty outdated bikes.
“There are simply so many smiles and a lot goodness with everybody coming and going for one widespread trigger — one thing we will actually use proper about now.”
Donations to Free Bikes 4 Kidz give younger folks with out bikes the chance to expertise the enjoyable, freedom and bodily exercise a motorbike can carry. By the generosity of metro Detroit companies and residents, organizers hope to exceed greater than 1,000 donations this yr.
“We’re hopeful Henry Ford workforce members, our many sufferers, households and communities which have come via up to now will do the identical in 2020,” mentioned Paul Szilagyi, Henry Ford’s vp of main care and medical facilities. “We all know that maintaining children lively will increase their possibilities of doing nicely in class and in life and reduces dangers of persistent illness that influence their households and the well being system. We additionally know that this yr is particularly difficult for a lot of households financially, so offering bikes on the holidays comes as a aid to many dad and mom working exhausting to offer for his or her youngsters, particularly the particular issues like items.”
The pandemic has modified this yr’s assortment, organizers mentioned. Moreover a bicycle scarcity that might have an effect on donations, there are COVID-19 security pointers to weave right into a well-oiled course of that runs the bikes from assortment, via repairs, to security inspection earlier than their remaining arrival with a brand new proprietor. There are also fewer places to drop off bikes this yr and presumably fewer volunteers because of issues over COVID.
To keep away from the dangers of spreading COVID-19, there gained’t be an in-person giveaway this yr. As a substitute, Free Bikes 4 Kidz will ship bikes in bulk to organizations that request them.
Regardless of the challenges confronted due to the pandemic, native organizers by no means thought-about canceling the occasion. As a substitute, they determined to adapt and implement stringent security protocols to guard these concerned, from donors to recipients.
“We really feel optimistic and decided,” co-founder Bob Barnes mentioned. “We’ve got religion the neighborhood will come via once more. We’re doing our greatest to serve a neighborhood that has been exhausting hit by the pandemic. All children deserve an opportunity to pedal right into a more healthy childhood with a motorbike and so they want it greater than ever in 2020.”
Free Bikes 4 Kidz depends on volunteers, beginning with those that journey from assortment website to assortment website, loading donated bikes right into a truck and dropping them off on the Free Bikes 4 Kidz warehouse in Midtown. The Platform Group donates the house and plenty of different organizations additionally help the trouble.
On the warehouse, volunteers transfer the bikes via an elaborate system that features restore, refurbishment and a remaining security and high quality verify earlier than they be a part of different bikes quickly destined for brand new house owners.
Every bike additionally comes with a helmet, a should, mentioned Stacy Leatherwood, M.D., Henry Ford pediatrician and doctor champion for childhood wellness for Henry Ford LiveWell.
“It could actually’t be impressed sufficient the significance of bodily exercise for youngsters, particularly in an period when childhood weight problems and persistent illness are affecting youngsters at greater charges,” she mentioned. “Security and stopping accidents from turning into critical accidents must also be entrance of thoughts. The larger image is that joyful, wholesome youngsters result in happier households, a happier neighborhood for all of us.”
For extra info, go to fb4kdetroit.org.
— Jody McVeigh