We are fundraising for bikes!
Each year we work diligently to collect funds, purchase and assemble bikes and then distribute them to worthy, established children’s charities for their holiday giving programs. We look forward to our annual Big Bike Build where in one day, we assemble ALL of the bicycles for our holiday giving program
Providing children with brand new bikes to encourage life long habits of exercise, outdoor activity and independence.
In 2003, Susan Runsvold set out to ensure that no child would have to experience a Christmas without any cool and exciting gifts, an experience that she feared herself when she was young. Since then, her vision has expanded, as she discovered that bicycles–one of the coolest gifts a child can receive for Christmas–can have a more profound impact on children’s lives than she first imagined. Her original vision was to buy bikes at Christmas and give them to underprivileged children, children she believed might otherwise not receive any present from Santa. She began what she hoped would be a tradition of collecting money from her friends and colleagues to purchase as many bikes as possible for holiday distribution. The first year, she bought 12 brand-new bikes and gave them to children. She soon realized that beyond the immediate thrill of Christmas morning, these bikes bring children independence, confidence, a fun way to exercise, and a sense of adventure that nothing else could quite match. But the story doesn’t end there. In 2005, Susan asked an amazing group of volunteers—many of whom now comprise the TurningWheels for Kids board—to help flesh out her dream. With a resounding “Yes!” from the team, TurningWheels For Kids (TWFK) was born. The unbelievable success of this group has resulted in more than 30,000 bikes being built and given to local children.
MissionTurningWheels for Kids is a program of the Valley Medical Center Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID 77-0187890), that distributes bikes not only at the holiday but also year round through a number of partnerships focused on preventing childhood obesity and supporting low-income families. TurningWheels For Kids work with numerous partners, including the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, to encourage outdoor activity—like riding a bike to school or to hang out with friends—as a way to improve children’s health and well-being. “We must recognize that the epidemic of childhood obesity is connected to sedentary pastimes: TVs, computers, texting, and video games,” says Sue. “We must hit a reset button and bring children back outdoors to experience the fun we all remember from our childhoods. We must give children the opportunity to share bike riding as an important childhood rite of passage. And as the number one gift requested by these children, bikes can bring kids back outdoors to active play—exactly what a child should be doing.”
Every person on the Board of TWFK gives tirelessly and with great generosity, both time and money, to advance this program. Hawley, LLC works with us, right at our side, to help us provide great, sturdy, safe bikes and helmets to children who would otherwise not have their own bike. Hawley, LLC is an amazing and generous company. The community, both business and individuals, come out, year after year, to support our efforts and make dreams come true. Team San Jose has generously donated the South Hall for our Big Bike Build year after year. The list goes on and on…
9/11/21 - Bike Repair Clinic: Bay Area Community Health Clinic Gilroy:
9460 No Name Uno, Gilroy, CA 95020
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