There are things in life you take for granted until someone puts it into words. Sometimes it only takes a moment of realization to say, “You know, that’s true. I never thought of that.” Well, that’s how I have been about owning a bicycle as a kid.
Elves and More of Northeastern Ohio partners with several local businesses and Con-way Freight to assemble and deliver bicycles to underprivileged children of Akron, Ohio. Many workers and volunteers reflect on the feeling they had when they got their first bike. Some say it was freedom. Others say it taught them responsibility and allowed them to have their first jobs. For a country boy like me, it was a way to visit friends miles away.
The joy and freedom of owning a bike is made possible for Akron’s underprivileged through generous donations, the help of Akron Police Department, Akron Children’s Hospital, and hundreds of volunteers.
Con-way Freight has participated from the beginning by shipping bicycles across country and partaking in a day of bike assembly where volunteers assemble the bicycles before delivery. The first year in 2006, Con-way Freight delivered 400 bicycles. This year, Elves and More, with the help of Con-way Freight delivered 1,300 bicycles!
Elves and More also includes helmets, tricycles for younger kids, and gift boxes for infants. To find out more about the Elves and More organization, check them out here and see how you can help.
A company like Con-way Freight does not have to participate in charity events like this. We all know truckers are busy. Charity such as this is a testament to their company’s character and devotion to giving back to the community.
I know this Christmas was good for me. I really enjoy getting presents for others, but I know that I do not do enough to “give back” to those less fortunate. Christmas is a year away, but with the new year beginning, it may be time to consider how we can change our giving. It doesn’t cost you extra money to volunteer time. Many of these organizations are able to raise funds and provide the infrastructure, but they are always in need of volunteers. Truck drivers are prime candidates for delivery and transportation. Consider ways that you can bring children that “first bike” experience whether through an actual bicycle or some other way that you think is fit. You’ve got at least a year to think about it.
, Con-way Freight
, Elves and More