Variety partners with Cummins Inc. to give bikes to local children

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Monday, August 2, 2021

Variety – the Children’s Charity partnered with Cummins Inc. to build 50 bikes for local children in eastern Iowa. The bikes were gifted to youth who are a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa.


“Variety is thrilled to partner with Cummins to provide bikes for children at Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Carissa Johnson, Eastern Iowa Director of Variety – the Children’s Charity. “Mobility, freedom and confidence are all gained through the simple pleasure of riding a bike. We are always so excited to provide that opportunity to more kids.”


“Thanks to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa, we were able to gift 50 of our Littles with a new bike to enjoy this summer,” said Catherine VanDraska, Program Development Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “These bikes will help to improve the lives of our kids by providing new experiences and promoting a healthy lifestyle.”


“Cummins is proud to support Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa and connect these bikes to the Big Brothers Big Sisters – Cedar Rapids where they will be enjoyed by local youth,” said Jim Schacht, Executive Director, Corporate Responsibility, Cummins Inc. “We are appreciative of both these organizations and our shared commitment to the Cedar Rapids community.” 


The Variety Mobility program provides bikes, helmets and locks to children who have never experienced the joy of owning their own 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.  

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