Bikes for Brains 2013

December  09, 2013

      Christmas came early this year for more than 100 children in the Quad Cities. Today the 12th annual Bikes for Brains handed out new bikes, and helmets, at the King Center in Rock Island.

      One of the original organizers, and a co-chair this year, Sandy Seeley-Copley, says the children are referred to the program by several organizations, including Head Start, Children's Therapy Center, and Skip-a-Long child care centers.  Seeley-Copley says she and the other organizers put it together each year, but it's the community that supports it - this year they raised 7,000 dollars to buy bikes for 120 children. 

      "Just to see the smiles on the children's faces when they get their bikes. Because a lot of them have no idea - mom or dad may have said we're going for a dental appointment, or we've got a school conference to go to. And they walk in here and see all the bikes, and are like "Oh my gosh, are you kidding me ?""

      The Pilot Club of Moline donated money to buy helmets for the children, and put on short puppet shows to illustrate the importance of wearing a helmet. And Amhoff Trucking of Eldridge provided transportation for the new bikes from Walmart to the King Center.