TULSA, Okla. – Dozens of case workers, their clients and children were on hand Wednesday for Family & Children’s Services’ annual Holiday Assistance Program bike giveaway with local charity Humble Sons Bike Co.
The event gave 200 bikes and helmets to families in need for the holiday season, said Humble Sons’ co-founder, Jason Whorton. Volunteers from Asbury United Methodist Church were on hand also, handing out winter coats to children.
The bike donation effort began in 2008 with 22 bikes Whorton’s charity donated to the same program that year.
“This is amazing, especially as we see it grow year after year,” said co-founder Tommy Chavez, as children, their parents, and F&CS staff milled among the bikes, lined up in the American Legion parking lot southeast of F&CS’ central location at 650 S. Peoria Ave.
Chavez established the group with Whorton, his brother-in-law.
“As it’s grown, we get more donations and have more people who want the bikes and need them,” Chavez said.
The bikes went to clients of F&CS Early Childhood Program. It provides family support and mental health services to children and their families in 13 Head Start and Early Head Start sites operated by Community Action Project Tulsa.
Two Men and a Truck delivered the bikes to the American Legion parking lot just southwest of F&CS’ central location at 650 S. Peoria Ave.
F&CS staff lined the bikes up under the afternoon sun, and volunteers matched the children up with bikes right-sized for them, along with helmets, provided by SafeCare, to ensure they ride safely.
Academy Sports and The Burnstein Foundation helped provide the bikes.
Wednesday’s giveaway pushed to 500 the total bikes and helmets given by 500 F&CS and Humble Sons’ bikes to children and families in 2015.
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.