A father's dream, wheels for kids
JT's Bikes for Kids, working with VOA-MN/WI case managers, has provided new bikes, helmets and locks for these kids who may otherwise go without. “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 wellbeing,” said Tim Taylor, who founded JT’s Bikes for Kids, 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.
As Tim tells the story, his father had always expressed his wishes saying “don’t spend money on flowers at my funeral, if we receive monies for a memorial; use the money to buy bikes for kids at Christmas.” His desire to give bikes to kids was rooted in his own experience, growing up in a small rural Wisconsin community; his family could not afford to provide a bike for him.
Every year since John’s passing, in honor of their father and in the spirit of giving, at Christmas the family has reached out to the community to gather donations to purchase bikes. Then partnering with Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin they have found children who would benefit from a new bike.
We thank Tim and Trina for this year’s donations and we hope to expand the effort in the future. 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.