BOONE — Three local organizations partnered together to provide free bicycles to local children in the community.
The Boone Police Department, WAMY Community Action and Walmart gave away the first of nearly 70 bikes on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
The giveaway started two years ago when Kat Eller of the Boone Police Department applied for a grant to get free bicycle helmets, which she received. At the same time, WAMY Community Action also applied for and received the helmets.
"Then I started thinking, ‘Well, what good is a helmet if you don’t have a bike?’" Eller said. "We began brainstorming a way to raise money to get bicycles for kids." Marley Raymond posted with her brand new bike. While Eller and WAMY were planning to raise money for the bikes, the Boone Walmart earned the Helen R. Walton Excellence in Community Leadership Award.
Soon Boone Walmart received the award, Brittany Luxton, finance director for WAMY Community Action, said she got a call from Eller to come tell Walmart’s store manager about WAMY.
She told him all about what they did, which led to then-store manager Billy Wells deciding to give money earned from that award to WAMY to help with their mission.
WAMY used that money to get the bikes for children and had money left over. Walmart gave the bikes to WAMY at cost. Kat Eller shows Nathaniel Dilley how his new bike works and how to raise the seat. WAMY surveyed participants of their summer camp to see who didn’t have a bike and […]