The Boise Bicycle Project needs your help to help over 400 kids in need this holiday season!

I can still picture my first bike in my head.  I can't remember exactly what year it was, but I'm pretty sure my parents got it for me for my birthday because I remember riding around our (at the time) unfinished basement with it's brown carpets and white concrete block walls.  It was a teal Little Mermaid bike with iridescent streamers and training wheels.  I remember riding it for the first time without the training wheels on in the parking lot of the bank just down the street from our house.  I was so sad when it was time for me to give that bike up because I'd gotten too tall for it and needed a big girl bike.  That bike got me to and from our local swim club.  It helped me (unsuccessfully) chase down the ice cream truck on hot August days. We sure did have some good times together, that bike and I.

Unfortunately, there are a number of kids in need in the Treasure Valley who may never develop those fond memories of their first bike because their families can't afford them.  That's where the Boise Bicycle Project wants to make a difference. For the 10th year in a row, they hope to donate 400 bikes to kids in need.  According to KTVB, these kids are ages 2-11 and were nominated as a recipient by their teachers, coaches and other non-profits.

Right now, they're about 150 bikes short of their goal and are looking for the community's help to make dreams come true this holiday season. If you have a bike that your child has out grown, but you think it needs a little work, bring it to the Boise Bicycle Project on Lusk Street.  They'll fix it up, no matter what condition it's in, and get it ready for a new home.  Of course, donations of new bikes are welcome too.

The bike giveaway is scheduled for December 17th at their Lusk Street location.