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Everybody remembers their first bicycle – from the way it gleaned in the sun, the first fall when learning to ride and, finally, the triumphant feel of riding on your own. Receiving that first set of wheels is often your first taste of freedom.
“My first bike was blue with yellow wheels,” said 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. “That was the bike I started learning how to ride a bike on, and I just remember crashing a lot back in Turlock where I grew up.”
Kaepernick, along with a dozen other 49ers players took a ride down memory lane on Monday morning as they helped assemble 49 brand new bikes for underprivileged boys and girls and foster children in the Bay Area.
“We are building bikes at our annual Holiday Bike Build with UnitedHealthcare, TurningWheels for Kids, and PODS,” said Maggie Cuneo from 49ers Community Relations. “Tomorrow we’ll be revealing 49 bikes to the Bill Wilson Center’s foster care program and Quetzal House. All of these bikes are going to children who may not have ever owned a bike before and have never even ridden one. They lead itinerant lives and now they’re going to have something to call their own and take wherever they may go.” [read more]
Something extraordinary happened today. TWFK’s first expansion group, Livermore TWFK, held their first Big Bike Build! It was fun, energizing, creative (some great improvements), and most of all, successful ~ 500 bikes out today to local Livermore area kids!
It took a lot of work and just as much faith that it could happen. And it did! What did Nancy and I (Sue) love most today? That a group of people came together and said, lets do something important. Let’s make a difference.
And they did!! WOW!!!
I was touched by this email that Patt sent out when she arrived home after a crazy, busy, tiring day!
After unloading my car (and before a glass of wine); I stopped to say a prayer thanking the Lord for allowing me to be involved with such an unselfish, generous and energetic group of individuals. Your openheartedness will be reflected in the eyes and smiles of 498 children.
The 2nd part of my prayer was to ask that all of you and your families enjoy good health and a Christmas that reflects your big hearts.
There was a time when I believed that it was the movers and shakers that could make a difference. It was the people who could do something grand, BIG, important ~ those were the people who could make a difference that mattered, that was notable! And that wasn’t me! And then one day, a light went on and I realized, I can make a difference! I may not be able to do something grand, BIG, important by the worlds standards but I can react and behave in a way that creates a positive outcome for someone else ~ someone besides me, myself and I!
While we all have been building TurningWheels For Kids, I have learned something so valuable. The children we serve live within families that are challenged ~ financially and emotionally! There are stories! And a simple gift, a rite-of-passage, number one requested and dreamed about gift, a bike, was out of reach for these kids! Or is it?
One little boy, when given the opportunity to dream BIG, his eyes briefly glistened, a smile started and then, just as quickly that light faded, he shut down and he didn’t dare utter what he really wanted, a bike! It was entirely too risky! That moment broke my heart! He didn’t even dare to DREAM!
And then I started thinking ~ we all have an opportunity! We spend money without even thinking ~ $5 bucks for a latte, $2 bucks for our favorite candy bar, $3 bucks for a frozen yogurt or ice cream cone, out to lunch with our friends $15 bucks. And then I did the math! For $9 bucks a month, money I WILL NOT MISS, I can provide a bike and a helmet through TWFK for a local kid! That’s $.30 a day. Thirty CENTS! Can you do it? Can you step up and make a dream come true for a kid that is afraid to even dream? Just say yes! Because . . .
WHAT YOU DO MATTERS!
Today you have an opportunity to become a mover and shaker. Maybe not by the worlds standards but certainly in the eyes of a local little girl or little boy. Are you up for the challenge? Opt in for a $9 a month automatic deduction and you could be the person who makes a dream come true! I think those kids are worth it. Do you? Just hit the subscribe button and take the mover and shaker challenge. Light up a child’s world!
And beyond the amazing “feel good” you’ll have, you will also be given preferred early registration next year! So, ya see it’s true, a good deed never goes unrewarded!!