Boise non-profit equips hundreds of valley kids, families with new bikes for Christmas
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Saturday, The sixth annual Boise Bicycle Project Christmas giveaway rolled out and gifted 350 bikes to Treasure Valley kids.
Sarah Rankin's daughters, Maya and Lily were two happy recipients.
"I wouldn't have been able to have bikes for my kids otherwise," Sarah said. "We've been waiting a really long time to get bikes, and hopefully this summer we'll be able to ride bikes together as a family."
Dozens of volunteers spent hours Saturday helping first-time riders strap on helmets and teaching the kids some basic techniques.
"Just look around," Boise Bicycle Project Executive Director, Jimmy Hallyburton said. "Hundreds of kids, smiling faces, kids who have never had bicycles before and it makes our job really, really easy. It makes it all the hard work worthwhile and when you see the kids and see the smiles, it's an unbelievable experience to be part of."
All the bikes given away this holiday season were used and donated by members of the community. The Boise Bike Project staff refurbished dozens of pedals and seats.