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Bicycles 4 Kids – Founded by kids who want to help kids

By Syd, age 13

ecently I had the chance to interview Brendan, a Gig Harbor teen, who turned his passion for bikes into another kid's dream come true. Last November, Brendan started a charity called Bicycles 4 Kids, a home-run organization in which he fixes up bikes that are donated to him, and gives them to foster kids who don't have nearly as much as we do. He said it makes him feel good knowing that he can make a difference in their lives.

rendan first got the idea when he and his family volunteered at the furniture bank in Tacoma. When he saw the kids' parents picking out furniture, he really felt like he had to do something to provide for the kids as well. He got started right away and now partners with Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church to take donations and match bikes with foster kids. Brendan says it usually takes between 20 minutes and 2 hours to refurbish a bike, and it is something that he really enjoys doing. He takes donations of bikes in all conditions, if they are too beat up to be fixed he uses them for parts.

his is such a great project and a perfect example of how we can all find our place to serve in own areas. As summer approaches there will be a greater need for bikes. Brendan is hoping that more people will donate their old bikes so that he can make this a fun summer for lots of foster kids. Most all of us have old bikes sitting in our garage that either our kids have outgrown or just don't work. I know I do, and I'm donating it today! Please consider donatating, and you can help bring a smile to the face of a foster child.

To find out more, visit Brendan's website at or email him at

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