St. Paul Lutheran to host bicycle giveaway Saturday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

Want a ride? St. Paul Lutheran Church can help.

The church, located at Sixth and Center streets, will have its “Grab A Ride” bicycle giveaway program at 10 a.m. Saturday. The program provides bikes to needy children in Lawrence County.

St. Paul Pastor Mike Poole said Ironton, a city of approximately 11,000 people, has more that 23 percent of the population living below poverty.

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Of the total population living in poverty, about 32 percent are under the age of 18.

Recognizing that children need exercise to remain healthy and parents might not otherwise be able to provide an avenue for the children, Poole said St. Paul is organizing the one-day event that will include bicycles for youth, as well as safety equipment, riding toys for younger children and food during the event.

“We know that physical health is important for kids. If your body is taken care of, your mind and spirit will also follow.” Poole said.

The church has other giveaways in the fall and at Christmas, but Poole said they wanted to provide an exercise-related event in the spring.

“We have definitely seen the affects of our ministry in the Tri-State area. And the numbers of people requesting assistance continues to grow. We want to try and minister to the whole person,” Pastor Poole said.

During Saturday’s event, children will be given the opportunity to pick out a bicycle suitable for their age and size. All items will be given out on a first-come, first serve basis. Children must be present to receive a bicycle.

The church is collaborating with several other congregations and organizations to collect items and provide volunteers for the event.

If anyone would like to donate new or gently used bicycles, children’s riding toys, and safety equipment, they may be dropped off at the church on beginning at 9 a.m.

For information on how to donate items or volunteer, contact Poole at (740) 532-4727.