Knoxville organisation works to yield bicycles to everyone

January 11, 2016 - storage organizer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Learning to float a bike is a standard miracle for a child, though not each family is means to yield a bicycle for their children.

KickStand, an all-volunteer collective, wants to make certain that each chairman who wants a bike has one to use.

The volunteers during KickStand correct bikes that are donated to their nonprofit classification and discharge them to a village during no cost. Although they work on all sizes of bicycles, they many ordinarily revive children’s bikes.

“KickStand has distributed so many bikes in Knoxville we have mislaid count,” says proffer and organizer Paul Laudeman. “It is simply in a hundreds usually over a final year.”

Located during 1323 N. Broadway behind a Fourth United Presbyterian Church during Glenwood, KickStand is during a heart of their community. Group members are closely concerned with area events, like a new Tour de Lights, and concur with churches and missions in a area. Working with internal organizations like a Boys Girls Clubs, Hope House, Bridge Refugee Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters and YWCA, they are means to safeguard that a bikes and helmets finish adult in a hands of honourable children via Knoxville.

“The Epilepsy Foundation is a good partner, since they present bike helmets to us so we can give one to each child who gets a bike,” says Laudeman.

The bikes that KickStand restores come from donations given by individuals, businesses and groups. Local bike shops, including a Fountain City Pedaler and Greenlees, have donated bikes and tools to a organization. Nonprofit organizations like KARM, The Holiday Bureau, Here’s Hope Ministries and a Bike Elf have all been generous, as good as area businesses like Junk B Gone.

“The good thing about Knoxville is how inexhaustible folks are,” says Laudeman. “These bikes, many of that would have finished adult in a dump, are bound by volunteers during a workshop.”

The dedicated volunteers during KickStand yield 100 percent of a labor and adore that go into a organization. Not usually do they work to revive donated bikes, they also take time to commission people to be means to do elementary adjustments and bike repairs for themselves.

“All of us adore doing this work, and saying people float off on their possess bike is prerogative enough,” says Laudeman. “Another partial of a goal is training bike correct from elementary adjustments to vital rebuilds, so if we wish to learn about operative on your possess bike, we can help!”

KickStand does have a few hurdles as they face a arriving year. Moving forward, they would adore a incomparable space for both storage and operative on bikes as good as in boost in assisting hands. The classification is happy to sight new volunteers who are peaceful to learn how to work on bikes, so no knowledge is necessary.

“If we have a secure space, generally in East Knoxville, that KickStand could use, greatfully hit us!” says Laudeman.

For some-more information about KickStand, revisit a website during or a Facebook page during People are also acquire to come by a emporium during 1323 N. Broadway, that is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. until dim and Saturdays noon until 4 p.m.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

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