Bikes and helmets donated to columbia kids before the holidays

8 months 1 week 2 days ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:15:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
By: Courtney Edwards, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA- 20 bikes and helmets were donated to Columbia kids in time for the holiday season.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri and Academy Sports + Outdoors hosted the event Thursday afternoon at Horizons United Methodist Church.

“A large majority of our children come from really low-income families, so they don’t always have access to what we would consider the typical childhood experience, such as receiving a bike for Christmas or for a birthday or something like that,” said Heather Dimitt-Fletcher, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri.

This is the event's second year in Columbia, but similar events have happened across the nation.

“This year we have over 100 stores giving away over 5,000 bikes to kids,” said Mark Francis, Store Director at Columbia’s Academy Sports and Outdoors.

He said Academy Sports + Outdoors wanted to give back to the community and help people enjoy the outdoors through this event. 

Last year, 30 bikes were given away to the kids of Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

“The Academy was willing to donate as many bikes as we needed, we just didn’t have as many children in that age range that did not have bikes already from last year,” said Dimitt-Fletcher.

The age range for the donations this year was five to seven years old. 

Dimitt-Fletcher thinks anything done to help support children and families is important.

“The holidays, it’s a hard time of year for many people, but especially for families that are low income families when it comes down to giving gifts, providing food, back to school and all of that," she said.

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