Two Wheels on the Road to Hope

JT's Bikes for Kids Campaign means that as the holidays approach, forty kids served by our Community Family Supports will receive new bikes, helmets and locks.

Every year, Volunteers of America-Minnesota partners with JT's Bikes for Kids to provide children -- who may otherwise go without -- with new bikes, helmets and locks. "It's a means for children to gain greater independence and self-reliance, foster a sense of inclusion and reach a higher level of physical and emotional well-being," said Tim Taylor, who founded JT's Bikes for Kids in Minnesota, along with his wife Trina. The organization is a memorial to Tim's father John Taylor, who died in 2008 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

John's dream to give bikes to kids was rooted in his own experience, growing up in a small rural Wisconsin community, where his family could not afford a bike for him. Every year since John's death, in honor of his father and in the spirit of Christmas giving, Tim's family has reached out to the community to gather donations to purchase bikes. Partnering with Volunteers of America-Minnesota they have found children who would benefit from a new bike. The campaign is also supported by Legacy Restoration and Walmart of Forest Lake, Minn.

JT's Bikes for Kids is making sure that kids who have experienced too much pain in their young lives know that others are thinking of them during this blessed season.