Bikes for Tykes Naples Provides Bike for Indiana Boy with Serious Illness
Bike to be delivered in time for Christmas!
Naples, Fla. (December 12, 2020) – When the phone rang and Skip Riffle answered, he was not expecting a frantic mom, Kelly Frost from Terre Haute Indiana, on the other line asking Skip and the Bikes for Tykes organization in Naples Florida, for help.
After hearing Frost’s story about her son Colten who is severely disabled and cannot walk due to Cerebral Palsy (CP), and is having serious issues building the support and alignment his body needs, Skip knew he had to do something. The Bikes for Tykes volunteer elves went to work immediately.
Kelly tried reaching out other charitable organizations with a diverse membership dedicated to inspiring mobility & independence with no luck. Bikes for Tykes has year-round volunteers to clean, restore, and refurbish used bicycles to donate during the holidays. The bikes are also donated to special events and other local organizations for children and adults who may need transportation to work or school.
“Skip Riffle gave me hope from the very start of the conversation. He went above and beyond for my son and there are no words for how much I greatly appreciate what he and his team are doing,” Frost stated. The bike is complete and is now on its way to Indiana due to very special elves from VFW Post 7721 in Naples.
About Bikes for Tykes
Founded in 1987 in Naples, Florida, Bikes for Tykes® was developed from the simple idea that any child with a bicycle on their Christmas wish list should receive that all empowering and memorable gift, even if their family cannot afford one. The first child to have his Christmas wish granted was Joshua, age 6. His name was on a paper angel at a local restaurant that was trying to help some local, underprivileged children have a Christmas they would not otherwise have, which then lead to the creation of the Bikes for Tykes, Inc. program. Since then, close to 19,000 children from Collier County have received a bright and shiny reconditioned bicycle.