OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut-based company, Bikes for Kids held its first annual charity ride Sunday in Old Saybrook.
The non-profit organization was founded in 1989. It collects, repairs, and donates bikes and helmets to children and families in need.
Since it began, they have given away 19,000 bikes. 90 percent of them have stayed in Connecticut. Others have been donated to people in Haiti after the earthquake and Superstorm Sandy.
“So when there are natural disasters, and people approach us if they have shipping containers. We’ve sent bikes to Africa. Some people have never seen a bike before but we’ve helped them get where they need to go. Maybe to pick up water, bring water back more quickly,” said Todd Jones.
Sunday’s charity ride gave kids a chance to test their safety skills.