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New bicycles needed for children taking part in Wheel-A-Thon

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 6/6/18

Donations are needed for this year’s 21st annual Wheel-A-Thon bicycle giveaway being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 64 Ann St., …

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New bicycles needed for children taking part in Wheel-A-Thon

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Donations are needed for this year’s 21st annual Wheel-A-Thon bicycle giveaway being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 64 Ann St., Middletown.

New bicycles are given to children in grades 3 through 12 who have a report card with no Ds or Fs. The child must live in Dauphin County and be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a bicycle.

A child who received a bicycle last year is not eligible to receive one this year. Also, no more than two new bicycles can be presented to any one family.

Last year, 150 new bicycles were given away, said the Rev. James Lyles of Youth 10x Better Ministries, which holds the giveaway each year.

Lyles said he hopes to give away another 150 this year, but he only has about 100 new bicycles now.

Supporters can donate a new bicycle, or donate money to Lyles, who gets the bicycles at a discount because he buys a large number at one time.

If you want to donate a new bicycle, it must be at least 20 inches and cannot have training wheels.

The June 30 event also includes free food, live entertainment, bicycle repair and bicycle safety education, and the Kids Smoke House brought by Lower Swatara Township Fire Department.

Lyles needs volunteers for the June 30 event to help with setting up, registration, tearing down, and cleaning up.

For more information or to donate or help, call Lyles at 717-421-2556.