The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Bikes for Christmas

When folks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, discovered kids without bicycles and a glut of discarded bikes at a landfill, they had an idea.

First Lutheran Church held a Christmas in July bike giveaway in late July-early August.

More than 100 bikes were collected from the community, while volunteers and resident Shawn Laurion, who fixes bikes as a side job out of his garage, helped refurbish them.

When Laurion asked kids why they weren't riding bikes, they told him, "My bike was stolen" or "My mom and dad can't afford a bike right now."

Member Louanne Neville said the church is just living out its motto, "The Heart of the City."


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