Bikes for Brains
December 10, 2012
Over 100 children received free bicycles today. The 11th annual Bikes for Brains giveaway raised money to provide free bicycles and helmets to children whose families can't afford them.
Sandy Seeley, the owner of Queen's Parlor Salon in Moline, says the bikes filled a semi trailer when they picked up the 120 bikes this morning at Wal-Mart.
She says the goal of Bikes for Brains is to help kids improve balance and coordination by learning to ride a bike, as well as giving kids a reason to exercise.
Markisha Shaw of Rock Island says her daughter got a bike last year, and this year her 4 year-old son Demetrius Anderson got to pick one out.
The children selected for Bikes for Brains participate in early childhood programs such as Head Start. Each bike cost about $50 and comes with a helmet and a set of training wheels.
(Photo: 4 year-old Demetrius Anderson of Rock Island tries out his new bike.)