November 24, 2020

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Boise Bicycle Project holiday bike giveaway for kids

The pandemic has been extremely successful at nixing our social calendars, taking down events left and right.

Even those that are rescheduled for a month or two out ultimately get postponed to 2021 or canceled altogether.

It’s an outcome that we are pretty used to by now.

But some events must go on, because COVID-19 is not about to mess up a tradition that brings joy and happiness to hundreds of children this Christmas.

The Boise Bicycle Project hosts a Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway every year, and this year will be no exception. With strict safety protocols in place, this year’s big giveaway is set for Dec. 19.

BBP plans to hand out around 500 bikes to children ages 4-11 who were referred “by local nonprofit organizations, schools, social workers, after school programs, and other like-minded organizations,” according to its website.

However, in order to customize the dream bikes that kids submit via drawings, BBP needs bikes.

Do you have a bike that your child doesn’t ride anymore or has simply grown out of? Or maybe just an older bike or two that has been cluttering up your garage or storage unit for far too long?

Donate ‘em to the bike drive.

BBP needs your gently used bicycles of all sizes, free of rust and damage, as well as bike parts — tubes and tires mostly, but also lights, locks and even new helmets would be appreciated.

Drop off your donations from noon to 5 p.m. from now through Saturday, Oct. 17, at the old Pizza Hut location, 818 Ann Morrison Park Drive, Boise (down the street from BBP).

“This has been one heck of a year. While there’s never been so many obstacles in our path, there’s also never been a year when our services have been more vital,” explains Jimmy Hallyburton, executive director of BBP and a Boise City Council member. “On Dec. 19 we will overcome one more obstacle as we give the gift of pedal-powered freedom to 500 of Boise’s most deserving children. We know it won’t be easy, but we know, with the support of the community, we can still make these bicycle dreams come true this holiday season.”

For more information, go to boisebicycleproject.org/hkbg or call 208-429-6520.

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Michelle Jenkins compiles event calendars, archives and writes a Helping Works column for the Idaho Statesman. She attended Boise State University and grew up in New Plymouth, Idaho.

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