Freedom: a bike to a child; new life to a parent

Courier Journal – Community Challenge

By: Cathe Dykstra, FSH Chief Possibility Officer

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What is your best memory of Christmas as a child? Maybe you went to a mall or department store to visit Santa. Maybe you received the present that you most wanted. Maybe it is a memory of being by the Christmas tree, surrounded by family, and you felt special and loved.

When I was six years old, I got the bike I had spent months begging Santa to bring. It was a blue Schwinn with a shiny new bell. I couldn’t wait to ride it. My bike made it possible for me to explore my neighborhood, ride to school with friends and, with much practice, master all sorts of wheelies and tricks. There were many “look Mom, no hands” moments.  I think back on that bike often, particularly at Christmas.

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