ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Like most, the Halm family of Robbinsville has been spending a lot of time home together in recent months. That's when daughter Vivienne dug a bike out of the garage and taught her younger sister to ride it. She saw the joy and freedom that biking outside provided and decided to find a way to help bring the same happiness to others.
Vivienne Halm learned about the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County's Bike Exchange program and the desperate need for used bikes to refurbish and provide to the community. She was then inspired to create the Robbinsville Bike Drive.
Halm told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that she often biked with her own family and sisters around Robbinsville and hope this program will bring the same benefit to others.
"I think that other families and children will gain the same joy that my sister had when she learned how to ride her bike. Having the ability to ride a bike is often the first sense of freedom for kids, and once my sister learned how to ride her bike, she definitely felt that sense of independence," said Halm.
"I hope that this bike drive will bring families closer, like it did ours, and also give kids that same freedom and joy," she added.
Bikes, in any condition, can be donated on Saturday, August 1 between 9:00 am and 12 noon at the Robbinsville Municipal Building located at 2298 Route 33.
Through volunteers with the Bike Exchange program, bikes will be repaired and either given or sold to community with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs.
"Bike drives allow us to stay in business, as we've been selling out every week. We need more of them," said Ira Saltiel, Volunteer Director of the BGC Bike Exchange. "The donation of used bikes allows us to serve the Trenton community with low-priced or free bikes, and contribute to vital Boys & Girls Club after school and camp programs."
Vivienne's father has been a trustee with the Club and participated in many previous events, seeing first-hand the impact of their programs including a fencing demonstration a couple of years ago to at the opening of the Boys and Girls Club Clubhouse in Lawrence.
A rising senior at Robbinsville Township High School, Vivienne has been spending her time during the coronavirus pandemic preparing to apply for colleges, and setting up this event to help the local community.
"I feel that throughout all this craziness in our lives at the moment, giving back to my community and helping kids find joy is the least that I can do," she said.
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