Charity Gives Children Bicycles For Christmas

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More than 200 children will get a gift on two wheels this Christmas  - their own bicycle, 10TV News reported.

People brought bikes in Thursday for children served by Franklin County Children's Services' Holiday Wish Program

The drive was started by Kate Gatch when she noticed many of the children were afraid to ask for something big for Christmas, like a bike.

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"A bike gives these kids who have suffered abuse and neglect and trauma that many of us could never imagine," Gatch said. "It's a little something extra special and I can't think of 4,500 more kids that would deserve it more."

Gatch and her husband Brian have one adopted child, and are fostering another.
They have raised thousands of dollars to buy the bikes and donate them to children services.

"The first issue of the 'why' is because everybody remembers their first bike - and you certainly remember if you didn't get a bike when you wanted one," Gatch said. "A bike gives these kids who have suffered abuse and neglect and trauma that many of us probably couldn't imagine, it's a little something extra special at Christmas."

Corrlina Welles picked up two bikes, for her niece and nephew.

"It's just a nice thing for the kids to have.  Any kid loves to have a bike.  And especially at Christmas time.  You know that's supposed to be the big gift at Christmas - to get a bike," Welles said.

Every bike comes with a helmet, a lock and a memory.

"And I will wake up tomorrow morning and I'll think of over 200 children who are waking up and seeing a bicycle underneath the Christmas tree.  And that is my Christmas personally," Gatch said.

Donations were still coming in and Gatch said the program is growing each year.

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