Wheels For Kids Celebrates its 2,000th bike delivery!

Wheels For Kids (WFK) was founded by Dick Swain in 2007 with a vision: to put a smile on the face of kids who didn’t think they would ever get to experience the joy of riding their own bike. WFK is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that collects used bikes, completely overhauls them, ensures they work well, look good and are safe to operate – and then, through partner charitable organizations, gives them to deserving kids, teens and adults in greater Tucson. From a modest beginning of 10 kindred spirits it has grown to over 40 volunteers today.

Today Wheels For Kids delivered its 2,000th bike. The recipient was a happy youngster named Zack at Gospel Rescue Mission Women & Children’s Center in Tucson. He lives there with his Mom. The two of them were homeless but now live in temporary housing while getting things back together. Zack, while a child of few words, clearly was happy with his new bike and helmet! Included are a couple pictures of Zack and his bike. You should have seen him walking it back to their apartment; no one was going to get in between him and his new Ninja Turtle bike!

On this special occasion Wheels For Kids would like to say “Thank You” to our supporters around greater Tucson. For 10 years you have donated bicycles, provided financial contributions and spread the word about our work to your friends, colleagues and neighbors. Your kindness and generous support has brought joy and changed the lives of more than 2,000 people, including Zack today. He had a smile on his face as bright as the Arizona sun!

 

Wheels for Kids Exceeds 1,800 Bicycle Deliveries!!

An update from Lisa Terfehr, our Community Outreach Director:
Hello everyone,

This was a busy week for the Wheels for Kids delivery team! Dick Schafer and I delivered 5 bikes/helmets to the Tucson Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday; Wednesday, Tom and I delivered 7 bikes/helmets to Kristi’s Kids’ Season of Hope (putting us over the 1,800 mark for total bike deliveries!) and on Thursday, 18 bikes were delivered to Desert Survivors, Perimeter Bicycling and Interfaith Community Services. Kristi was happy to welcome us back again and I was interviewed by her on the 4:00 p.m. news. Our contacts at each organization expressed their gratitude and ensured us that the bikes would bring hours of happiness to their lucky recipients! Thank you for your continued support and sharing your ‘gifts’ (mechanical, time, energy) to Wheels for Kids.  UPDATE:  As of 1/23/17, WFK has delivered over 1,900 bikes to those in need.