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Foster Agency Collects Bikes for Kids at Christmas

A foster agency is working to see that every child in its care gets a new bicycle this Christmas.

Posted: Dec 19, 2018 6:46 PM

The Dreams on Wheels bike drive is organized by the Children First Foster Family Agency.

Now in its third year, its goal is to collect enough new bikes to help bring a little Christmas cheer to foster kids in the North State.

“It allows each of our foster children in the three regions that we serve, Tehama, Shasta and Siskiyou counties to receive a new bicycle during the Christmas holidays” said Robin Freisheim who started and leads the Collection efforts.

She says this drive is important to her because most of the children she works with have hardly any possessions when they come into care.

“Especially during the Christmas holidays which can be tough for them,” Freisheim said. “So our agency aims to put a smile on their face and make them feel safe and trusted. And so gifting them with a bike just helps them along their way.”

But there's another reason dreams on wheels is near and dear to her heart.

“I struggled as a child myself and didn't have things like this,” Freisheim said. “So when I see a kid get on one of my bikes and ride away with it and all the work that I've done, all the hard work that you put into a drive like this, it really makes it all worth the effort.”

Freisheim says the community has really jumped on board since the drive started.

Businesses have donated bikes and money to the cause, but one group in particular has touched her heart this year.

“I had three children over the Christmas holiday decide to give up their Christmas presents and gave me a thousand dollars for my bicycles,” she said. “So that was a tremendous blessing for our agency and a tremendous gift that any child could have given to our foster kids.”

A gift that may not seem like much to some, but can have a life changing impact to a child in need.

“And so we're always pushing our kids to bike towards a better future,” Freisheim said. “So anyone who wants to help can be that pedaling force.”

So far they've received 55 bikes out of their 114 goal.

If you'd like to help, new bikes can be dropped off at all three Starbucks locations in Red Bluff or at the Children's First offices at 2608 Victor Drive in Redding through Friday.

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