Allina Health Collecting for Free Bikes 4 Kidz 02 Oct 12

Local Allina hospitals and clinics are teaming up with Free Bikes 4 Kidz to collect donated bicycles for kids in need.

Allina Health will also donate bicycle helmets and concussion prevention information to those who receive bikes.

Allina President and CEO Kenneth Paulus says everyone remembers that first bike and they want every child to have that experience. He adds biking is fun, a great way to get around, and excellent exercise.

Locally, Buffalo Hospital and Allina Medical Clinic -Annandale, Allina Medical Clinic – Cokato, and Allina Medical Clinic – St. Michael are part of the collection effort.

Last year, Allina Health and Free Bikes 4 Kidz collected 5,000 bikes. They were refurbished and redistributed in December, just in time for the holiday season.

People can bring new or gently used bikes to Buffalo Hospital or the Allina Medical Clinics in Annandale, Cokato and St. Michael on October 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For a complete list of collection sites, go to allinahealth.org.

For more information or to volunteer, visit FB4K.com.