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Description: Bikes For Tykes aims to ensure that every child in America has access to a bicycle. It believes that this mission will empower children, fight against child obesity, and help the environment in the United States. The organization believes that a bicycle empowers a child by giving them their first taste of true independence, self-reliance, self-esteem, and helping build the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. The bicycle helps battle obesity as statistics show how bicycling for transportation reduces mortality by 35-40% and how as the number of US children aged 6-11 walking and biking to school has decreased, the percentage of obese US children (6-11) has increased. Lastly, riding a bike to travel eliminates the pollution one causes when taking a car or riding a bus.

How it Started: It began around Christmas time in 1987. an organization wanted to give a bike as a Christmas gift to the underprivileged kids in Naples, Florida. The foundation believed that a bike is the most impacting gift a kid ever receives in his or her childhood. Since that Christmas season, Bikes For Tykes has grown to give bikes to underprivileged youth throughout America.

Its Impact: More than 18,000 American kids have received a bike since the program started in 1987

If you are interested and want to know more, visit http://www.bikesfortykes.org/

Andrew Homeming