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St. Charles church holds "Bikes for Tikes" donation drive for needy kids

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  • Max Heide of Sycamore sorts donated bikes during the "Bikes for Tikes" drive Sunday at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles. After being cleaned and tuned, the bikes will be given to students from Golfview Elementary School in Carpentersville.

       Max Heide of Sycamore sorts donated bikes during the "Bikes for Tikes" drive Sunday at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles. After being cleaned and tuned, the bikes will be given to students from Golfview Elementary School in Carpentersville.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Max Heide of Sycamore accepts a bike donation for Hosanna! Lutheran Church's "Bikes for Tikes" drive from Barby Kay of St. Charles. Kay has donated several bikes over the years to the annual donation drive held by the St. Charles church.

       Max Heide of Sycamore accepts a bike donation for Hosanna! Lutheran Church's "Bikes for Tikes" drive from Barby Kay of St. Charles. Kay has donated several bikes over the years to the annual donation drive held by the St. Charles church.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bikes donated to the "Bikes for Tikes" donation drive at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles are lined up in need of repairs, including this 1950s era Sears bike. Adult and children's bikes were both accepted.

       Bikes donated to the "Bikes for Tikes" donation drive at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles are lined up in need of repairs, including this 1950s era Sears bike. Adult and children's bikes were both accepted.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Max Heide of Sycamore sorts donated bikes during the "Bikes for Tikes" drive Sunday at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles. After being cleaned and tuned, the bikes will be given to students from Golfview Elementary School in Carpentersville.

       Max Heide of Sycamore sorts donated bikes during the "Bikes for Tikes" drive Sunday at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles. After being cleaned and tuned, the bikes will be given to students from Golfview Elementary School in Carpentersville.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Dozens of Carpentersville kids will get the chance to choose the bikes of their dreams thanks to the efforts this weekend of volunteers and generous donors at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles.

The church's fifth annual "Bikes for Tikes" bicycle donation drive aimed to match or even surpass last year's collection of 125 bikes to be given to families in need.

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Each year children from a different school are picked as the recipients of the donated bikes. This year's school is Golfview Elementary School students in Carpentersville. After the bikes are cleaned and tuned-up, a drop off day will be organized for church volunteers and school staff members to help students and their families take their pick.

Adult bicycles also were accepted during the donation drive.

"In addition to providing exercise and family fun, the adult bikes that we receive can also help a teenager to be able to go to before or after school extracurricular school activities or to a part-time job," said volunteer Melanie Hutter of St. Charles. "Adults can use the bikes for transportation to their job or the grocery story. So it helps many people in many ways."

Max Heide of Sycamore, a member of the church for 10 years, brought the donation drive to the congregation after his daughter, Lisa Keast of Stillman Valley, started a similar program at a school she teaches at in Rockford. Heide helped her with it and thought it would be a great program to bring it to the Fox Valley.

Heide's favorite part of the program is delivering the bikes and watching the smiles on the kids' faces.

"It's incredible." he said.

If you'd like to donate a bike to "Bikes for Tikes," contact the Hosanna! Lutheran Church office at (630) 584-6434 for details.

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