NAMPA, Idaho – Martin Luther King Jr. Day inspires many to display acts of service and give back to the community, and many in the community wanted to do just that. Ukrainian Welcome Center And this Boise Cycle Project Formed a team this year to donate cycles to refugees in Ukraine.
“So we have 50 bicycles coming to the Ukrainian Welcome Center. We have volunteers all over Boise, Meridian, and Nampa for kids who couldn’t make it to our Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway,” Devin McComas, Boise Bicycle Project Program Director he said.
The bikes were given to Ukrainian children and adult refugees who need transportation.
“I think it’s going to be a game changer, especially for people who sometimes only need to drive to the store. And you may only have one car in the family,” said Ukrainian Welcome Center Director Tina Polishchuk.
After nearly a year of fleeing Ukraine and leaving all of their belongings behind, this is the kids’ chance to ride and enjoy being a kid.
“They’re at home now and have been asking me to send them pictures of the bicycles,” said Natalia Brazer, a Ukrainian refugee who was sharing her children’s excitement for receiving bikes.
The Ukrainian Welcome Center helps refugees by identifying their needs and coordinating community support.
“It’s a great example of, we don’t do bikes, but we know someone who does. And that’s why we were able to bring that prop here,” Polishchuk said.
If you want to learn more about the Ukraine Welcome Center, click here.