July 29, 2009
Following the theft of six adult bicycles from Heartspring, a nonprofit organization helping children with special needs, the community has rallied to replace the stolen bicycles…and much, much more.
The community has donated almost 50 bikes so children with special needs can continue their program goals.
Nine bicycles have been dropped off at Heartspring with eight more to be delivered this week. Sixteen more have been pledged for Heartspring staff to pick up.
KFDI radio DJ Tony Brueski hosted a bike drive for Heartspring July 27-28 and received 16 bicycles which will be delivered to Heartspring on Thursday July 30. Many other phone calls have come from individuals and businesses offering addition support if needed.
Cash pledges totaling $1450 will allow Heartspring to fix and maintain donated and currently used bicycles and adult tricycles used by the students at the Heartspring School. Preferred Health Systems donated 30 bicycle helmets.
With the donation of younger children’s bicycles, clients receiving physical therapy from Heartspring Pediatric Services will also be able to benefit from these donations.
“The response to this terrible event has been amazing and has put a smile on the faces of the students and staff at Heartspring,” said Katie Grover, director of marketing. “The community has really stepped up and we’re inspired by their generosity.”