Jeppesen builds bikes for kids
Nothing is better than receiving your first bike. Sadly, there are kids that will never experience the thrill of getting that bicycle and learning to ride a two-wheeler. Bikes are fun, but are also a way to encourage life-long habits of exercise and outdoor activity. Bike riding is also a way to prevent childhood obesity. Having a bike allows kids the ability to ride their bike to school or hang out with friends – which in turn improves children’s health and well-being.
Teams in Denver donated 50 bikes to kids at Denver schools whose families weren’t able to buy them a new bike and helmet. The smiles on the faces of these children were worth a million dollars. Many of these kids didn’t even know how to ride a bike before receiving this precious gift. They didn’t really believe it was theirs to take home.
Our colleagues in San Jose recently teamed with an organization called Turning Wheels for Kids to build bikes for their community. Twenty employees volunteered to take a couple of hours out of their busy day to put together a bike. No special skills or experience was necessary – just enthusiasm. In addition to the obvious benefit of giving a child a new bike, our colleagues were able to spend time with each other talking and laughing about something other than work.
The bikes were donated to a local fire department for distribution to local kids as part of their holiday toy drive. The captain and crew of the fire department picked up the bikes and enjoyed a tour of the office.