Clover Creek Kiwanis Club has pre-holiday bicycle give-a-way

“In photo at right, a Clover Creek Kiwanis Club member helps Justice Jones, 4, learn how to unclasp his new bicycle helmet. (Photo by Bonnie West) Clover Park Kiwanis Club members were busy last Saturday morning giving away smiles-in the form of repaired and refurbished bicycles and brand new bicycle helmets-during their pre-holiday Bicycles from Heaven program.Nearly 200 bicycles received good homes through the club after being refurbished by inmates at McNeil Island.The bike project started 10 or 12 years ago, said Roger Laybourn, president of the Clover Park Kiwanis Club. We take quality bicycles for children of all ages and make sure they are put back to good condition with adjustments, new tires, new paint, and if necessary, new seats. Then the children who will receive them are fitted with a new bicycle helmet as well.He said a load of bicycles is taken to the island for inmates to work on, and ones they’ve completed, the club members pick those up and drop off another load of bicycles in need of repair. Laybourn said the program is always in need of youth bicycles.The club has a fund that pays for the parts and paint needed to complete the bicycles. The guys have done nice work on the bikes and hopefully, we’ll have one more delivery before Christmas, Laybourn said. The club is planning to have more give-a-ways throughout next year.The agencies that are associated with the give-a-way are the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pierce County, Associated Ministries, Lakewood Area Shelter Association, Habitat for Humanity, and others.Laybourn said families receive certificates through the agencies to receive a bicycle and helmet.Saturday’s give-a-way was held at the Puget Sound Pet Pavilion on 80th Street in Tacoma.Anyone interested in finding out more about the Bicycles from Heaven program, or to donate parts or bicycles, may contact Roger Laybourn at 584-1558, or Mike Thomas at 589-5529. “