Bikes for Kids
Give a kid their first set of wheels!
By Derek Van Wagner,
9:53AM, Tue. Dec. 16, 2014
Do you remember your first bike? Training wheels, bells, skidding stops, baseball cards in the spokes? Here's how you can pass some of these memories on to needy kids in Texas.
Every winter local radio hosts, JB Hager and Sandy McIlree, make the preparations to help get more kids pedaling around your neighborhood with their program Bikes for Kids. In fact, JB and Sandy have given away over 20,000 bicycles to needy children in Central Taxes. The Bikes for Kids campaign returns this year after the duo launched their radio program on 105.3 the Fringe FM.
I was lucky enough to ask JB Hager some questions about his charitable organization:
AC: How long have you been doing JB & Sandy's Bikes for Kids?
JB: We have been doing this for 18 years.
AC: Who receives the bikes?
JB: The kids are nominated by our listeners. The nominations come from friends, co-workers, neighbors. We have a lot of single moms really struggling. They can nominate themselves. Our recipients aren’t typically tied into a holiday charity to receive gifts. This makes the year for the parents and the kids.
AC: Are there any local businesses involved?
JB: Mellow Johnny’s orders and volunteers to build all the Trek bikes. We also work with Horizon Bank and Volusion on the e-commerce. Our friends from the Huns Rugby Club will be helping with deliveries. They have been volunteering for over 15 years.
AC: Is there an event associated with Bikes for Kids?
JB: We are not doing the big bike giveaway day this year. We are delivering some bikes ourselves and making some showcase videos so our listeners can see where their money goes. We are hoping the videos showing on-air, building the bikes, delivery and the surprise will help get the right kind of sponsors come on board next year. We’re also hoping the videos help spread the message about what we are doing. The kind of sponsors that are as passionate about the charity as we are.
AC: How can I donate to your cause?
JB: You can donate at www.jbandsandybikesforkids.com. There will be opportunities throughout the year to attend events, patron restaurants and more to support Bikes for Kids.
This video gives you an idea of what JB and Sandy do year after year:
Receiving your first bike is a very special event. Suddenly you can go places that you couldn't before, exploring the depths of your neighborhood without depending on anyone else. Having a bike can be liberating. It's an experience that should be shared with all youngsters!
If you are feeling the holiday spirit, donate a helmet or better yet, help them get their first set of wheels! The JB and Sandy Morning Show airs weekdays from 6 to 10am weekdays on the Fringe FM 105.3.