TurningWheels for Kids Tri-Valley is a new, local chapter of an already proven, 501(c) 3 organization under the auspices of the Valley Medical Center Foundation. We are a group of local individuals from different backgrounds with a common interest ~ kids and bikes ~ looking eagerly for opportunities to serve the children of the Tri-Valley, Hayward and Castro Valley Areas.
In this, our first year, our goal is to purchase, assemble and donate almost 500 new bicycles to underprivileged children who otherwise would not have a bike – children right here in the East Bay Area. Did you know that bikes are still the number ONE requested gift by these children? The average cost of one bike, helmet and lock is just under $100 so our goal is to raise $40,000 to pay for this year’s bikes.
In a world of Television, Video Games and the Internet our kids are spending less time outside and getting less and less exercise. As a result, childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in our country. This of course leads to not only very real, very serious health issues but maybe even more important – self-esteem issues! Low self-esteem is highly correlated with drugs, gangs and teen pregnancy as these kids will do anything to simply fit in! So not only do these bikes provide simple joy for children who live in tough situations but it also encourages a life of activity and good health.
We will be partnering with local non-profits and, through our holiday grant process, will provide hundreds of bikes to local children. Our founding organization has worked with organizations such as Sacred Heart, CityTeam Ministries, Santa Clara County Child Advocates, Bay Area Rescue Mission, and the local firefighter’s holiday program. Our goal is to target and partner with similar charities here in our area.
Contact Us Today to donate or for more information about how you can help make this happen.