Tampa-based non-profit organization, onbikes, is partnering with Eckerd Community Alternatives to donate 550 new bicycles and helmets to children in foster care throughout the Tampa Bay area.
The mission of onbikes is to restore the self-confidence, health and overall well-being of at-risk children in the community by providing these children with bicycles. onbikes presents an annual Winter Wonder Ride, now in its fifth year, to raise money toward the purchase of bicycles and helmets. More than 1,000 riders participated in last year’s ride and onbikes expects to have even more participants this year. Click here for more information on the event.
Prior to the Winter Wonder Ride on December 12, onbikes, with the help of hundreds of volunteers will be building the bikes at an event to take place at the Amalie Arena in Downtown Tampa. More than 500 bikes will be assembled as volunteers donate their time to open boxes, turn screws and help assemble bikes for distribution to the foster children.
Eckerd will then be distributing the donated bicycles to foster families the weekend of December 19 – 20 at their three different Tampa Bay area locations.
WHAT: 2015 Bike Build
WHEN: Saturday, December 5th, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
WHERE: Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
WHAT: 5th Annual Winter Wonder Ride
WHEN: Saturday, December 12th, 2:00 – 10:30 pm
WHERE: Curtis Hixon Park
600 N. Ashely Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
onbikes is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 when a group of friends organized a community bike ride during the winter holiday season to raise funds so at-risk kids could receive their very first bike. The mission of onbikes is to restore the self-confidence, health and overall well-being of at-risk children in the community by providing these children with bicycles. They strive to make onbikes a lifestyle, not just an organization. It is their hope that each life they touch picks up their “giving is better than receiving” philosophy, and they are committed to serving the community around them. onbikes will positively impact the children, families, and communities in which they live. To learn more, visit onbikes.org.
Eckerd is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, that has given much-needed second chances to more than 168,000 children and families since its founding by Jack and Ruth Eckerd in 1968. Eckerd serves over 18,500 children and their families each year through life-changing child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health programs in eight states. Eckerd’s mission is to provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children and families in need of a second chance. Follow us on Twitter at @eckerdyouth and “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/eckerdyouth.