A plan to put 2,500 new bikes under the Christmas tree for underprivileged kids this year is shifting into gear.
Dave Teixeira, speaking for organizers Dominion Lending Centres, says it’s about creating a holiday experience many kids will never have.
“The experience of getting your first bike is pretty monumental, and a lot of times at Christmastime, gifts as expensive as a bike just aren’t given. And the gift of a first bike is especially important. It represents freedom, it could represent maybe a link to a new job.”
The Bikes for Kids program started last year, and, with the Christmas Bureau, sent more than 500 bikes to Lower Mainland children.
This year, organizers have set their sights nationally and hope to collect five times as many donations.
Those are being accepted until Nov. 10.