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Bike giveaway has a crucial need: bikes

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For the past two years, about 60 kids grabbed free bicycles at a Middletown giveaway held by a local organization, borough police, a church and several businesses.

But organizers of the Wheel-A-Thon need donated bicycles if they are to match that this year. So far, there are only 35 bikes, and the event is only two weeks away.

“I guess times are tough this year,’’ lamented the Rev. James Lyles, whose organization, Youth 10X’s Better, is holding the giveaway, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 64 S. Ann St.

Middletown Borough Council voted unanimously on Monday, June 16 to contribute $300, while Mayor James H. Curry III said he will donate a bicycle. The goal of the Wheel-A-Thon: Give every kid in grades 3 through 12 who attends a free bike.

“I think it’s helping out the kids and it’s helping out the community,’’ said Councilor Benjamin Kapenstein before council’s 9-0 vote.

Free inspections and minor repairs of bikes will be offered, as well as food and drinks, an open-mike community sing, dancing, poetry and gospel and jazz music.
Kids must have a parent present to receive a free bike.

Growing Every Mind, of Harrisburg, and Transparency Matters are collaborating on the event.

For more information, readers may call Lyles at 717-421-2556.

Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.