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I Like Giving Children Bicycles for Christmas.
Submitted by Melinda Armitage (Seagoville, TX)
The Bicycle Lady
In the summer of 2006, God laid a dream on my heart. I had no idea how this dream would come to pass but I couldn’t let it go! I had volunteered at Texas Baptist Home for Children (located in Waxahachie, TX) for quite some time and this dream, that God gave me, was for every child, receiving care at TBHC, to receive a new bicycle for Christmas. I had NO IDEA where to start! My sister worked for Pilgrim’s Pride at the time and she mentioned my dream to Bo Pilgrim. Low and behold, on my birthday (in October), I receive a check for $1,000 from Bo Pilgrim for the bicycles. My husband then instructs me to get in touch with Huffy Bicycles, so I call them. They happened to have a program for people like me. We were able to purchase 47 bicycles that year at a cost of $1824.50! The following year we purchased 54 bicycles. In 2008, 58 bicycles. 2009, 14 bicycles. I am ashamed to admit it but in 2010 I didn’t even get in touch with The Home about the bicycles so we didn’t do anything that year. In 2011, we were able to purchase 55 bicycles. This year we have our largest order yet….. 62 bicycles! God has been faithful! I totaled up the bicycle count and we stand at 290 at a cost of over $12,000! This money has been raised by me and my husband just asking people to donate to our cause. The response has been amazing! We will never know what these little machines mean to these children!