The April 22–25, 2010 tornado outbreak was a multi-day tornado outbreak across a large portion of the Southern United States, originally starting in the High Plains on April 22, 2010 and continuing through the Southern Plains on April 23, and the Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys on April 24.
The most severe activity was on April 24, particularly in Mississippi. The outbreak was responsible for ten tornado-related fatalities on April 24, all in Mississippi from a single supercell that crossed the entire state.
I came across news story after news story about how kids had lost their bicycles and decided aside from helping with my money to the Red Cross and Salvation Army, I needed to do more. It’s bad enough when kids lose their home, family members – everything, the least I could do is bring some measure of comfort back to their lives.
For starters, they deserved a new bike!
The concept and reasoning for Bikes4Kids was born and every place a tornado hit that year and in the following years (Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, et al.), I and my small volunteer staff sought out kids (who lost or wanted a bike) by way contacting on-the-scene charitable organizations.
Not long after, we were making a difference in Europe – getting bicycles to children in western nations and even former Soviet block countries. The great thing about these events are that after everyone gets their bike, we ride (usually with accompanying parents) and break for an ice cream social.
Presently, aside from our usual mission of getting bicycles to kids this year, another focus was added for this summer – getting bicycles to children in one of the poorest regions of the US: southern Appalachia – specifically along a section of the Appalachian Mountains of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina & Virginia.
We’re very low-key with little web presence, no debt, no overhead and no fund drives. It is done on a wing and a prayer with no public relations people, no funding affiliations and no mailings to previous supporters, be it corporate or individual. It is kept simple.
So you have to ask yourself, “Is this worth my attention?”
That is something you must answer for yourself. If you have a passion for this like I do, I know you’ll find some way to help. Otherwise, good thoughts about what Bikes4Kids is doing (and a few prayers could never hurt).
Because “every kid deserves a bike!”
Thanks for the read!
On the Web: Kid’s Bicycle & Cycling Trip