BELOW: Volunteers helped refurbish and distribute bicycles to New Rochelle youngsters.
WCC Vice President Bob Hermann fits a youngster for a bicycle.
(Photos by Adriane DeFeo, WCC Member)
Volunteers from Hope Community Services, Linking Handlebars from Rye, Miller's Bikes in Mamaroneck, Larchmont Temple and Westchester Cycle Club's Bikes4Kids recently donated 130 gently used, refurbished bicycles to children in the New Rochelle area.
Carol Troum, executive director of Hope Community Services, hosted and promoted the program. Linking Handlebars and Westchester Cycle Club's Bikes4Kids collected, fixed up and donated the bikes. Mechanics from Miller's Bikes helped refurbish and repair the bicycles and get them ready for distribution.
"Having the opportunity to link up with these great groups has enabled us to touch the lives of even more children," said Linking Handlebars' Vice President Cristiana Villani, a senior at Rye High School. Linking Handlebars has already donated over 220 bicycles.
"Our Bikes4Kids program gives children what they need to experience the thrill of riding a bicycle and hopefully pursue other healthy outdoor activities," said Bill O'Connell, who started the program for the Westchester Cycle Club.
Miller's Bikes contributed labor, expertise, storage and transportation.
"It's truly rewarding to spend our time helping kids experience what we all love about bicycling, and to see joy on their faces when they get their very first bike," said bike shop owner Taka Andrews.