Monday, August 3, 2009

Ferris Public Safety Donates Leftover Bikes to Underprivileged Children

Ferris DPS makes a nice gesture for local kids

BIG RAPIDS – There is an old saying that goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Each year, as Ferris State University students return home for the summer, dozens of bicycles are abandoned around the Big Rapids campus. In past years, leftover bicycles were sold at auction. In more recent years, Ferris has decided these bicycles can serve a greater good for underprivileged local kids. So, this year, the Department of Public Safety donated approximately 60 bicycles to Muskegon River Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters and local foster care facilities in a gesture that will bring smiles to the faces of dozens of area youth.

“We’re really the conduit that helps get these bikes to people who would love to have them,” said Marty Bledsoe, director of Ferris’ Department of Public Safety. “We’d love to have owners of these bikes take possession of them, but we recognize that’s not always the case with these bikes. We decided that we could donate these bikes, they could be fixed up and then go to people in need.

“Donating these bicycles is something we felt would be more heartfelt than simply auctioning them off,” Bledsoe added.

On July 23, DPS opened its storage area to donate the recovered bicycles that ultimately will go to local kids after repairs thanks to the efforts of local organizations.

“A lot of these kids live below the poverty level and for them to be able to receive a bike is an awesome feeling,” said Aloma Jean Grein, executive director of Muskegon River Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization based in Big Rapids and serving an area that includes Mecosta and Osceola counties.

For the complete story, visit: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/news/detail.cfm?ID=847

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