Welcome to Season of Giving here at Momstart today is Day 3 and it’s all about helping kids get bikes.
Children love bikes. It’s one of the joys of childhood. Remember getting on your bike, training wheel-free of course, and feeling unrestricted and almost liberated from whatever else was happening – homework, the approaching doom of the street lights coming on, or having to walk into school because it’s not the weekend. Here in the Pacific Northwest bikes are a big deal no matter your age; my neighboring city of Redmond is the Bicycle Capital of the Northwest. Bikes are a fun “get away from it” all as well as offering transportation and physical fitness.
88bikes is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization which gathers funds to purchase bikes for children in-need all around the world. A bike costs only $88 but you can pitch in as much money as you want for a $10 or $25 endowment towards a bike or give a $44 donation for a bike toolkit; all donations are fully tax deductible. It feels just as nice to give a bike as it does to ride a bike.
Each year since2006 co-founders Dan Austin (from Seattle), Nick Arauz (from Brooklyn), and Dr. Jared Austin (from Portland) have been working to give bikes:
2006-2007 – GOAL 88 BIKES, 103 GIVEN
The Original 88 – The Palm Tree Orphanage, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
in partnership with Friends of Cambodian Children
2007-2008 – GOAL 200 BIKES, 206 GIVEN
Patongo Displaced Persons Camp, Pader, Uganda
in partnership with Global Youth Partnership
2008-2009 – GOAL 120 BIKES; 120 BIKES GIVEN
in partnership with Andean Outreach
2010-2011 – GOAL 1,000 BIKES; 1,255 BIKES GIVEN
88Bikes Villages in Mongolia, Africa, Latin America and the United States
Summer is very active in our Local MOMS Club chapter, she is the mother of two adorable active boys, and is always thinking of ways to help others. She is a friend, a wife, and always busy as all mommies are. She is very active on Facebook, addicted to Geocaching and very interested in organic and green living while cooking up a storm.