“Bicycle riding is a great physical fitness activity. I believe learning to ride a bicycle is a milestone moment in a child’s life. Last year, at Christmas time, I purchased a bicycle for my daughter and as I was picking out her bicycle, I couldn’t help but think of all the children who didn’t have a bicycle and wouldn’t be receiving one because of family financial situations which were beyond their control. At that moment, the seed was planted in my mind for the program that has now become Bicycles for Children.” – John White
Bicycles for Children is a not-for-profit program dedicated to donating bicycles to needy, but deserving children in the Corona/Norco/Eastvale areas. For 2012, they expect to deliver 155 bicycles to elementary students in the Corona/Norco Unified School District, or five bicycles to each of the 31 elementary schools in the district. Each school will then gift the bicycles to their neediest, most deserving students by December 24th, 2012.
The program was established to serve three purposes: to provide bicycles to needy and deserving children; to instill deeper attachments to their school for the bicycle recipients, and to provide junior high and high schools students with opportunities to complete their work experience requirements by helping to coordinate the efforts, and assembling the bicycles.
The success of the program hinges upon monetary donations and support from businesses, business owners, organizations, local citizens, and high school student volunteers. The Corona-Norco Family YMCA, the Huffy Bicycle Company, and IEHP have joined this endeavor to help make it a success. The YMCA has a plethora of resources which they have willingly shared, and they will be the collection point for all donations. Huffy is graciously donating the bicycles, at cost, to make it easier to achieve the funding needed to make the program work. IEHP is generously donating the helmets for each of the bicycles that will be donated.
All staff are volunteers, and supplies are donated, which means 100% of all donations are used to purchase bicycles for children. Please send your tax deductible donation to:
Yolanda Carrillo, Director
Attn: Bicycles for Children
Corona/Norco Family YMCA
1331 River Rd., Corona, CA 92880