Recycle Bikes for Kids: Thousands of free bikes going to kids
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Do you remember when you got your first bike? The adventures you had as kid, feeling free?
It sounds like the norm when growing up, but for some hopping on that bike and peddling away may never come.
However, Recycle Bikes for Kids is trying to change that.
Tucked away in a warehouse on 6th Street, bikes and bike parts galore from small bikes to big bikes, pink ones and black ones, an adventure for every kid awaits.
"What a free event that is, because suddenly you can go much further, your neighborhood is expanding, your whole life is expanding," said Ron King, Recycle Bikes for Kid Owner.
King started recycle bikes for kids five years ago and since he's handed out 6,000 bikes to area kids in need.
"Almost every day someone will pull up and say hey I have a bike for you, volunteers come in, we have certain volunteer days... they come in, repair the bikes, then all the bikes are made available to kids for free," added King.
On this particular day two area churches picked up bikes for kids just in time for the holidays.
"When they get those bikes, the impact on their lives, and the smile on their face, it's priceless," said STEP Ministries Program Coordinator, Rob Smith.
"Brings a smile to our face, because we understand that a lot of people just fall on hard times, so we just try to do what we can," said Pastor Dave Williams, Reach Out and Touch Christian Church.
"It's exciting, and it's almost like experiencing my first bike again every time, because the kids are so thankful, they're so excited," added King.
More than 1,300 bikes have been given out this year.
They are free for ages 2 to 18, but if you're older you can come in and volunteer a few hours and build your own free bike.