It is the season of giving and the time of year when Elves and More of Northeast Ohio chooses an area in the community to hand out bicycles to every child living in the selected neighborhood. The identity of the neighborhood is a secret until the volunteers arrive to hand out the bikes. Now in its seventh year of giving, Elves & More of Northeast Ohio was co-founded by Brian Miner and his friend Tim House “to give children the opportunity for mobility and a ‘view’ past their front doors and porches.”
A bike build was held on December 15th at a warehouse in Akron in order to assemble the 1,000 bikes. The bikes are purchased from Huffy through cash donations to Elves & More. Con-way Freight donates the freight cost to ship the bikes from California to Ohio and also donates eight semi-trucks and drivers to help deliver the bikes to the neighborhood of choice. Akron Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Summit County donates 1,000 bike helmets for the event. Over 350 volunteers gave of their time including the following Hasenstab employees: Tom Walker and his 8-year-old daughter, Sophie, Greg Chaplin and his 9-year-old son, Ethan, Dennis Check and his 17-year-old son, Brian, Mark and Judy Ohlinger and Ben Rantilla.
More than 60 volunteers delivered the bikes on Sunday, December 23 to children in an Akron neighborhood. Great job to everyone who helped make this wonderful event possible!
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