BROKEN ARROW – About 200 volunteers hunched over dozens of bikes last week in various stages of assembly, squinting at gears as they turned wrenches and testing tires for balance inside BattleCreek Church.
Humble Sons Bike Co. assembled the volunteers, experienced bike builders culled from area bicycling clubs and other organizations, to put the bikes together for area children served by foster care agencies and organizations, including Family & Children’s Services.
Two brothers-in-law, Jason Whorton and Tommy Chavez founded the group in 2008, starting small with 22 bikes they offered to area nonprofits.
“When we started, nobody knew who we were,” Chavez said. “We called and offered bikes, and they were like, ‘Well, we don’t really have any use for it.’ And then, once our name got out, and that we weren’t charging, it became popular. It became really popular.”
The haul for this year’s children will be 1,200 bikes, Chavez said. Humble Sons will deliver about 200 of the bikes Monday to Family & Children’s Services, one of five nonprofits to which the brothers will give this year. F&CS case managers will then give them to their clients’ children.
Whorton and Chavez wanted to give the bikes to needy or under-privileged children. That’s why they paired up with F&CS early on. F&CS, the state’s largest nonprofit community behavioral provider, helps 1 in 6 Tulsans with everything from free parenting classes to psychiatric services.
“Family and Children’s was one of the first ones,” Chavez said. “We really believed in what they were doing.”
Giving a child a bike gives them more than just a bike, he said. It gives them a sense of freedom, freedom to get outside and exercise.
A number of this year’s bikes will go to bicycling clubs starting at six elementary schools in Tulsa thanks to the brothers’ generosity, Chavez said, spreading Humble Sons Bike Co. generosity throughout the community.
For more information about Humble Sons Bike Co., go to www.humblesons.org.
About Family & Children’s Services
For 90 years, Family & Children’s Services has been the place to turn for help with problems that seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone. The agency restores children’s well-being, heals victims of abuse, strengthens individuals and families, and provides hope and recovery for adults suffering from mental illness and addictions. Today, its life-changing services help one in six Tulsans.
Family & Children’s Services is a partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way. F&CS is also a member of the following national organizations: Mental Health Corporations of America and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. F&CS is certified with distinction as a community mental health center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. F&CS is also certified with distinction as a Community Mental Health Center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Additionally, F&CS is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program and certified with distinction as a Gambling Treatment Program.
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