SHAWNEE, Okla. – A church in Shawnee is hoping to spread the spirit of Christmas by giving away hundreds of bicycles to children in need.
Every year, Faith Christian Outreach works to hand out presents to the most-deserving children in the community.
The church’s ‘Bikes for Kids’ program began in 2006 as a way for leaders to reach out into the community.
Since its start, organizers have given away 2,720 bicycles.
Each year, the church sends bike nomination forms to local schools.
A child may be nominated to receive a bike free of charge by their parents, friends or school personnel.
After the forms are received, they are reviewed by the church’s leadership team and those who are selected are sent a letter, confirming that they will be getting a bike.
Children and their parents attend the annual ‘Bikes for Kids Celebration,’ which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Shawnee Expo Center.
Visitors are treated to milk and homemade Christmas cookies as they wait for their name to be called to collect their bike.
Most of the donations for bikes come from members of the church and businesses in the area.
After receiving a bike, recipients will also be given a helmet from OU Medical Center.
For more information about the program, visit the church’s website.