When a child is given a bike, not only do they develop healthy habits, but they also strengthen their mental and emotional health, self-confidence and resilience. Unfortunately, many children don’t have the opportunity to own their own bicycle, a luxury many families cannot afford especially during a pandemic.
For the last 13 years, Humble Sons Bike Company has given a total of 2,539 bikes to children served by Family & Children’s Services (F&CS). This year through generous partnerships, 244 bikes will be gifted to children from F&CS’s Women in Recovery, Child Abuse and Trauma, Children’s Mental Health and Comprehensive Home-Based Services.
“This has been a rough year for everyone, so we want to end the year on a high note and are extremely lucky to have continued support from great organizations to secure this many bikes in the time of COVID,” said Jason Whorton, Executive Director of Humble Sons Bike Company.
“F&CS is incredibly grateful for the generosity of Humble Sons Bike Company, Two Men and a Truck, the Sanford & Irene Burnstein Foundation and Academy Sports + Outdoors. This partnership has helped brighten children’s lives through the gift of two wheels. Seeing a child smile when they receive a bike warms my heart. It is also great that Susan McCalman, retired Chief of Development Officer for F&CS, is now serving on the Humble Sons board of directors, helping to carry on this mission that started under her watch many years ago,” said F&CS Chief Development Officer Tom Taylor.
Humble Sons Bike Company not only gives children access to bicycles, but also runs an after-school cycling program in Tulsa area schools called Bike Club. Bike Club also gives children in this program a bicycle after completion of their year-round training.
To learn more about Humble Sons and Bike Club, visit their website at bikeclubtulsa.com.