Mobility

Formerly known as the Bikes for Kids, Variety’s Mobility program has expanded to fit the growing needs of children in our communities. The program now features different types of mobility equipment in addition to specialized and traditional bikes.

Mobility Equipment

Variety helps children with special needs gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to join in the life of their community by providing funding for specialized bicycles, gait trainers, standers, mobile standers, specialized strollers, specialized car seats and more to families in need. What started as a program offering specialized bikes has expanded to fit the growing needs of children in our communities.

 

In addition to seeing the smiles on children’s faces, these mobility pieces offer both physical and therapeutic benefits. Unfortunately, these items are cost prohibitive to some families and are rarely covered by insurance. That’s why we work with physical therapists throughout the state to identify children who would greatly benefit from a specialized bike or other piece of mobility equipment.

 

“This bicycle will enable Lucas to build motor skills, muscle strength and stability, in addition to keeping him healthy and active. Once again, thank you all so much for choosing Lucas to receive this bike!! It’s given him a major boost with confidence in his ability to be on the move with a bike!”                                    

                                                                                              -Sheree, Danny and Lucas

 

If you are interested in receiving a piece of mobility equipment or know of a child in need, please find the application below.

 

Specialized Bike and Mobility Application (doc)

 

Specialized Bike and Mobility Application (PDF)

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Traditional Bikes

Do you remember receiving your first bike? Bikes go hand in hand with being a kid, but for many children in our community, the prospect of having their own bike is only a dream. Variety helps make that dream a reality by providing bikes, helmets and locks to children throughout Iowa.

 

The bikes directly impact a child and his or her family in many ways. Our Variety Bikes help to provide recreation and address the importance of exercise and good health. The Kids on the Go! safety program illustrates the significance of wearing a helmet, locking up your bike and riding cautiously. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to ride his or her own bike.

 

“We wanted to express our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to you for providing such beautiful bicycles for our two oldest children.  Words cannot express how much of a blessing this is to our family. In a day where the attention of our finances is demanded in almost every direction, the kids now have bikes that they can enjoy where they simply would not have had otherwise.”

 

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Variety awards hundreds of bikes a year.

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