First Graders Get Donation of New Bikes and Helmets
A national, "people-powered" non-profit is stepping up big to get kids off the couch and out in their communities.
"When kids have their very own bike, they're encouraged to step away from the screen and get outside with their friends."
That's the mission of Can'd Aid , a non-profit focused on carrying out kind acts through "people powered do goodery." Since 2016, Can'd Aid has donated over 3,000 bikes and helmets to underprivileged kids across the country through their Treads and Trails program, which is all about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for children and young adults.
On Tuesday, Can'd Aid surprised first grade students at Mountain View Elementary School in Longmont, CO with a donation of 47 bikes and helmets. The organization focuses mainly on title 1 schools that have a higher population of low-income students.
Diana Ralston, the executive director of Can'd Aid, worked with the school to plan the surprise and was there to announce the giveaway to the kids during an assembly in their high school gymnasium.
"I just think it's important for everyone to have access to the outdoors," Ralston told KDVR-TV .
Before the kids received their bikes, they oohed and aahed over tricks performed by BMX rider Mike Murfitt, who talked to them about how important it is to follow their dreams.
When Ralston announced they had a surprise for the kids hidden behind a wall of gym mats, the students were not quite sure what to expect.
One child thought they were getting "giant fries," while another shouted "ice cream!"
When the row of brand new bikes and matching orange helmets was revealed, the kids' faces lit up and they started cheering. Some did a literal "happy dance."
As the students tried on their helmets and jumped on their bikes for the first time, Ralston sat back and took it all in with a smile on her face.
"Amazing day," she said. "These are my favorite."
We're sure it will be a day that the students at Mountain View Elementary will remember for a very long time.
To learn more about Can'd Aid and how you can get involved, click here .
(Source: images @candaid )