Published Date Written by Jim Lewis
It’s hard to imagine a kid spending a summer without a bicycle, missing the joy of pedaling down the street, to a park or a baseball field or a friend’s house, riding their bike like a chariot on a glorious sun-drenched day.
Youth 10X’s Better made sure that dozens of kids experienced the thrill by giving away bicycles to youths in grades 3 through 12 during its annual Wheel-A-Thon on Saturday, June 28 at Wesley United Methodist Church.
The bikes were purchased by local politicians, churches, clergy, businesses and private citizens intent on providing that childhood thrill to every youth. Among the donors were Middletown Mayor James H. Curry III, Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick and Middletown Borough Council, who gave $300 for bicycles.
A bicycle repairman fixed broken bikes for free, while an artist drew caricatures of guests. Churches and the Pennsylvania State Police were among those who participated. The giveaway was organized by the Rev. James Lyles, who leads Youth 10X’s Better.
See who was there, and who got their summer bike!
Press And Journal photos by Jim Lewis