With biking season hitting summer peak, a Miami Valley District church organized a bike and helmet giveaway for the children in the community.
On a sunny Saturday in June, Dixon United Methodist Church hosted the event, last held in 2018. The day was filled with fellowship, music, food and fun.
Organized by Dr. Mary Walker and the Outreach Ministry Team of Dixon, the event added bike-safety training in response to statistics from the National Safety Council revealing an increase over the years in preventable, nonfatal injuries from bikes.
Thirty-eight students registered upon arrival. As each child’s name was called, they were invited to select a bike and helmet and received safety training on site from a representative from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, which also donated bikes.
Bikes and helmets were also contributed by a local bike shop, Dayton Children’s Hospital and private individuals. A local grocery store provided hot dogs, other food and beverages.
The Outreach Ministry Team set a goal to give away one bike per household. Yet, one encounter with a woman prompted the expansion of that goal. The woman lost two of her children within three months, making her the caregiver to her four grandchildren. The team was able to provide four bikes and helmets, along with training to her grandchildren.
The success of the giveaway is an example of what can happen when churches collaborate with community organizations, local businesses and law enforcement to serve more people.
“Pastor, this is the greatest day ever!” a child told Dr. Bridget Weatherspoon, Dixon lead pastor.
To see pictures from the bike and helmet giveaway, click here.
Written by Amy Graham, Communications Specialist