Merry Little Bike Ride
Friday, December 8th, 6pm
This may be the coolest thing we’ve ever done. Picture this: a group of festive folks, all ages, all walks of life, all decked out in their best holiday-themed, comfy, riding clothes (we dare you to dress as an elf or a reindeer, or even just wear your fav holiday scarf), riding decorated bikes (it’s up to you how far you go), cruising slowly through town, taking in the magic of beautiful buildings drenched in Christmas lights.
Here’s how it works: You register for the ride on Bike Reg (and we can’t stress enough that this is a slow cruise, a flat, family-paced, easy going ride). About a week before the event, we’ll email you info on a child. We’ll let you know what the child needs, like boots or a winter jacket, and/or items they might want, like art supplies or a baby doll. We’ll meet for the ride at the rail trail entrance on 315 Clay Road, Lititz. After the ride, we’ll drive back to Lititz Bikeworks and gather for hot cocoa and munchies, and put our gifts under the tree.
So just how are we finding these families and how are the gifts dispersed? This is all made possible thanks to the local heroes at Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department. Every year their Blue Christmas program brings much needed Christmas joy to local families in need. The department reaches out to counselors at Warwick, Ephrata and Manheim schools. Those counselors give the department names of kids in need. Parents are then contacted and asked what the child needs (coats, shoes, bedding, etc) and what the child might want. The department then shares these needs with businesses and community members, like us! Once they have all the gifts, uniformed police personally deliver them to families.
Who’s in? And, how lucky are we to live in the coolest small town in the entire world?