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November 18, 2015 1:00 PM

Dominion Lending Centres (DLC) have teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters to take part in the biggest bike donation countrywide.

The Bikes for Kids program let’s people purchase bikes or make a cash donations that will go toward giving kids brand new cycles for Christmas.

“I think it’s just awesome for the kids who are the recipients of the bikes,” said Val Thibault, local mortgage associate with DLC.

“The economy maybe isn’t where we all hoped it would be so it might be a great year for some kids to benefit.”

DLC started Bikes for Kids last year in B.C. and after a successful first year, decided to bring the program across the country.

They collected 527 bikes in their pilot year and have decided to try it out in the five major cities of Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.

Thibault is the main DLC representative in Lloydminster and decided to take it upon herself to bring Bikes for Kids to Lloydminster.

She said she reached out to Big Brother Big Sisters because they were a natural fit when looking for an organization to help distribute the bikes to kids in the Border City.

People interested in helping out can go on the website www.bikesforkids.com and purchase a bike for donation ranging from around $80 to $150.

The bikes, which also come complete with a lock and helmet, need to be ordered online before Nov. 24.

Cash donations are also excepted, ranging from $25 to $500, and people can also show up to a pair of upcoming Bobcats games and donate in person.

The games take place on Nov. 27 and Dec. 2 and will also have people volunteer from the audience to race tricycles on the ice to help promote the Bikes for Kids program.

“One of the things I’m trying to make sure everybody knows is that if they go online to donate that they want to put something in the note so the bikes and proceeds stay local,” said Thibault.

She asks that those using the online method to type “Val Thibault” or “Lloydminster” in the notes section to make sure all bikes donated go to Lloydminster children.

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