It’s been said many times before, and I’ll say it here again. When you give, you get so much more in return and in such unexpected ways that simply go straight to fulfilling your heart with blissful goodness. Today inside a HUGE tent next to San Jose Convention Center, the folks at Turning Wheels For Kids and their sponsors worked passionately and tirelessly to build thousands of bikes for underprivileged kids. It’s the organization’s annual Big Bike Build day for the Christmas holiday, and I was completely blown away by the well-oiled operation, which says a lot about the people who come together to make it all happen. I had heard about the program from my sister and her husband but I wasn’t prepared for anything close to what I expected until I stepped inside the tent.
There are so many worthy causes, and it’s not always easy to choose. This one, however, has an inspiring story by an amazing woman, a personal all-around feel good involvement that is absolutely priceless, and an impressive organization. I’ve done my share of annual giving back to the community over the years, and I have to say I was really impressed with Turning Wheels for Kids. Within a few minutes of being there today, I became a fan!
I love the cause from this organization, what it stands for, and what it does for children. I love it even more that my family is involved, especially my two wonderful nieces whom were recruited by their stepdad to help out today. I don’t even know how to take care of a flat tire (sad but true), yet, my 11 and 13 year old nieces were working next to their uncle building bikes while the girls’ stepdad double-checked things before the bikes were turned over to the official quality control area.
What started out as one woman’s wish to give bikes as presents to children for Christmas has snowballed into an incredible cause for the community to come together to not only help make her wish a reality but to take it to a level beyond that initial planted seed over 10 years ago. Other than what I am sharing here about this amazing woman, Sue Runsvold, more information can be found on the organization’s website. Thanks to her, thousands and thousands of children in the community have been blessed to receive one of the coolest Christmas presents, not just bikes but love from a kind-hearted stranger. Magic happened today, as it has been for over 10 years.