Two local organizations are working together to not only brighten the holidays for local kids in need but give them a Christmas experience they'll never forget.
Cochrane Kiwanis Club President Ron Gosselin says that they have partnered up with the Activettes Food Bank for the ultimate 'Share Your Christmas' experience.
"Families that register for a [food] hamper with the Activettes, at the same time can register to get a bike," explains Gosselin.
Back in September, the local club collected used bike donations from the community and they have since had them tuned up and brought to safety standards.
Gosselin says that those bikes have been given a second life and they are ready to be enjoyed by underprivileged kids in the community. He explains that families wanting a bike for their child can request one when they register for a food hamper.
"When they sign up with the Activettes to get their hampers, there's a space where they can register [with the] gender and age of the kids," says Gosselin.
He says they'll use that information to gather the appropriate bikes for each child, and they'll throw in some safety gear.
"We'll pick up these bikes from the recycler, bring them to town and we also buy [each child] a helmet," explains Gosselin.
Families who are in need of a food hamper this Christmas and would like to surprise their child with a bike are asked to register with the Cochrane Activettes asap.
Gosselin says that the families will receive the recycled bikes the week before Christmas, with distribution planned for December 18.