Bicycles for Children is a not-for-profit program dedicated to donating brand new bicycles to needy, but deserving children in the Corona/Norco/Eastvale areas. In 2012, we expected to deliver 155 bicycles to elementary students in the Corona/Norco Unified School District, meaning, five bicycles to each of the 31 elementary schools in the district. Astonishingly, we were able to purchase, assemble, and donate 196 bicycles. Each school then gifted those bicycles to their neediest, most deserving students by Christmas day.
The program was established to serve three purposes: to provide bicycles to needy and deserving children; to instill a deeper home/school connection for the bicycle recipients, and to provide junior high and high schools students with opportunities to complete their work experience requirements by helping to coordinate the efforts, and assembling the bicycles.
This grass roots program was started in July, 2012 and raised funds through lemonade stands, an Italian Dinner fundraising event, car washes, participating in community events, and through private and business donations. The Corona-Norco Family YMCA is the collection point for all donations and Huffy Bicycle Company provides the bicycles at cost. Corporate participants include Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) who provide helmets for each of the bicycle recipients; Custom Printing & Imaging (CPi) helps generate awareness of the program by providing customized promotional items (banners, business cards, t-shirts etc.); and Lunarpages contributed a website and its hosting to help reach a wider audience.