BUCKEYE LAKE – In just its second year, Bike Buckeye Lake, Inc. was able to donate 176 new bikes this Christmas season (as well as helmets and locks) to underprivileged children in Perry, Licking, and Fairfield counties. That’s nearly triple the 65 bikes donated last year. The bikes were purchased from and assembled by WalMart in Heath.
Kay Morrison headed up the bike drive this year. A total of 15 agencies, schools, churches, and charity groups received bikes, helmets, and locks for distribution to children who might not have received a gift this Christmas.
Funds came from the first annual “Tour de Buckeye Lake” cycling event in August ($5,900), the Trivia Leaders at Papa Boo’s ($6,900) and many individual donors.
Bike Buckeye Lake, Inc. was founded in 2015 by Jeff Ritter, President; Jeff Robb, Vice President; and Mike Anderson, Treasurer. It is now a 501(c)3 organization with five board members and a number of active committees.
Bike Buckeye Lake, Inc. promotes the development, maintenance and appropriate use of a multi-purpose trail system within the Buckeye Lake Region while honoring the past and imagining the future. Their mission includes the creation of healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities by making hiking, walking, and biking safe, convenient, and accessible for residents and visitors.