Many parents and educators are trying to figure out how to get kids to unplug, how to get them outside, but due to economic reasons, kids have very few reasons to put down their electronic devices.
Over 14 million kids are obese
Riding a bike increases a kid’s physical development
Riding a bike increases a kid’s self confidence
Riding a bike helps kids to sleep better
Riding a bike is a perfect solution to kids mental health
Riding a bike is a great opportunity for kids to make friends
So… why don’t parents buy their kids bikes?
When our organization started the idea of purchasing and giving away bikes for kids, we thought it was purely an economic problem, but it is deeper than that.
Parents who can purchase a bike for their kids will have to spend time teaching them to ride the bike. In a society of latchkey kids, how many parents have the time to spend teaching their kids to ride a bike?
Parents rarely have one child who would benefit from a bike, so the sacrifice increases dramatically.
Parents are concerned about safety and wonder who will monitor where their children will end up as they gain a new independence.
If They Can Walk, They Can Ride
Sponsor a Kids FIrst Bike
We are a local nonprofit organization that solely supports kids. We believe that secure children make better adults, and this is good for our communities. It’s good for our schools and it’s good for business.
Don’t you want to live in a community with like-minded people?
A friend of mine is a middle school teacher and he decided to give away a new bike to one of his most impoverished students for Christmas one year. The student was a foster care 6th grade boy and when the teacher arrived at his home, unannounced, he was directed to a shed in the back yard where the student and his brother were living.
An extension cord ran into the garage. The teacher noticed two cots, where both boys slept, a pile of clothes in a corner of the shed, the same type of shed this teacher stored his lawn mower.
The young man wasn’t much of a student, often absent and when he did attend school, always tardy, but the teacher saw something in this kid. After gifting him a new bike, the change was dramatic.
Today, this once-impoverished-foster-care kid, is a college graduate who always travels back to help his teacher assemble bikes for other students.He talks about the change in his life by receiving a new bike. The independence, the confidence, and the respect he would gain among his peers.
How many kids will benefit by receiving their first New Bike?
Isn’t just one child enough to make a difference?
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase 100 new bikes.
If you agree, we are asking your help to create a better community by enriching the lives of children. Please join us as we launch our Kids First Bike Giveaway.
We are asking 100 people to donate $100 toward making our communities a better place for all of us to live.
Chuck Machado CFO Machado Family Giving Inc. www.machadofamilygiving.org 714 735-7225