Adaptive bikes given to local kids

MERCER, Pa. (WKBN) – Thanks to a partnership between Mercer County and a local charity, more than 100 kids now have new bikes to enjoy this summer.

The program is called My Bike. Mercer County commissioners and Variety the Children’s Charity teamed up to provide adaptive bicycles to kids with disabilities.

Variety CEO Charlie LaVallee said it is all about giving kids the chance to enjoy their childhood.

“The best part about the job is these kids getting on these bikes and doing something that they have never been able to do before and then doing it with their brothers and sisters and their friends and their families. It is life-changing,” said LaVallee.

Founded in Pittsburgh in 1928, Variety the Children’s Charity also throws holiday parties for kids who might not be able to celebrate in big gatherings. It also provides strollers and chairlifts for kids who have physical disabilities.

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