BOISE, Idaho — Earlier this month we told you about the Boise Bike Project hosting it’s “holiday kids bike giveaway”. Where kids from low-income families were asked to draw a picture of their dream bike and write a few sentences describing what a new bike would mean to them. At the beginning of December BBP was hoping to grant 500 bike wishes and now they need help granting almost 600,“the last thing we want to do is say we're sorry but the kid who drew this dream bicycle, the kid who's been having this dream isn't going to be able to have one this year”, Jimmy Hallyburton, Executive Director at Boise Bike Project.
After hearing about BBP's plea for bike donations, one local woman knew she had to do something to help. Sarah Carlin, of Boise, created a Facebook page called "Cheyenne's Gift". Cheyenne was Sarah's 5 and a half-year-old daughter who passed away nearly ten years ago. Until last year, Cheyenne didn't have a headstone. Unable to afford one, Sarah had mentioned on social media last Christmas that all she wanted for the holidays was a headstone for her girl. A generous stranger saw this and made it happen. After such a kind act Sarah says she knew she needed to do something to pay it forward, and that's just what she did.
She may not have a lot to give financially, but when it came to knitting hats and scarves she gave it her all. With the resources and skills she has, she found a way to give back to the community. With her son receiving a bike at the Boise Bike Projects "Holiday Bike Giveaway" she thought donating her handmade goodies and any donations she'd received from others would be the perfect addition to a day dedicated to giving.
Her selfless act of kindness sends a message, "no matter how little you have, you always have something that somebody else may need that you can share.", Sarah Carlin.
The Boise Bike Project could still use your help to make their holiday giveaway December 14th special. For more information click here. If you'd like to join Sarah in her efforts to provide Treasure Valley children with hats, scarves, mittens or coats click here.