Local Organization Gives Away Hundreds Of Bikes To Kiddos This Christmas Season

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LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI)- Christmas came early for some Lowndes County kiddos.

The Community Benefit Committee spent Wednesday night handing out bikes to kids who were registered to get new rides this Christmas.

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This year, 150 bikes were donated or bought by cheerful givers from near and far.

If you went through the Haunted House at the Columbus Fairgrounds this year, funds raised from that helped purchase these brand news bikes, and thanks to that, Christmas for many kids is a littler brighter.

“This can definitely brighten up a child’s day because of the element of, everybody loves riding bicycles,” said Willie Sanders, Associate Pastor at Charity Full Gospel Church. “Riding bicycles is fun and so all of the children are satisfied when they see that bike for the first time.”

“It not only provides families with opportunities to gift their children with bicycles that are really nice gifts, but also it speaks into this opportunity for children to be outside more, to play outside, to ride their bikes, and get physical exercise,” said Julie Parker, member of the Community Benefit Committee. “We’re really trying to impact the community in ways that not only are important for Christmas presents, but also for overall health and well-being.”

Kids that registered in Columbus will be able to pick up their bikes next Monday morning from 9 to 11 at the Columbus Fairgrounds.