Annual Wheels for Kids Event
The "Wheels for Kids" program was
started in 2002 by Commissioner Sheehan after school bus routes from
Reeves Terrace to several downtown schools were cancelled due to
budget cuts by the Orange County School Board. The program
started with the financial generosity of sponsors
Baker Barrios Architects,
Urban Life Management Restaurant Group,
Massey Communications, along
with Toys R Us work together to ensure those
children in need have brand new bikes, new helmets and bike locks
and chains to travel safely to and from
school as an annual commitment. In 2008,
GAI Consultants, Inc.
joined our other wonderful sponsors followed by
Brasfield & Gorrie in 2009
in 2010. We are happy to currently have and to have
had many sponsors over the past 10 years. So we thank all of our
sponsors for being a part of such a great cause and event.
"These students deserve the best our
community can give them," says Commissioner Sheehan. "I am
very excited to be part of this great local effort and these
dedicated sponsors to provide a safe means of travel to school for
these wonderful children."
Along with the generous, corporate sponsors who
purchase the bicycles, helmets, bike locks and chains, Commissioner
Sheehan works with the outstanding men and women of the Orlando Fire
Department, Station 1, who assemble nearly 100 or more bicycles every year.
After they're assembled, they are stored and then delivered to the
children by Santa Claus and Commissioner Sheehan who arrive on a
hook and ladder fire engine instead of Santa's usual sleigh.
On the day of delivery the procession is led by Orlando Police
Department's Mounted (Horse) Unit. In 2011, the bicycles were distributed on
December 22nd and it was the TENTH year that Commissioner Sheehan and our
corporate partners gave away brand new bikes, helmets and cables
with locks. So far Wheels for kids has given away over 1,000
new bikes, helmets and cables with locks to school age children
between the ages of 5 - 15 years old who live in the Reeves Terrace
public housing community.
10th Annual Wheels for Kids
Annual Wheels for Kids (2010)
8th Annual Wheels
for Kids (2009)
7th Annual Wheels for Kids (2008)
6th Annual Wheels for Kids (2007)
5th Annual Wheels for Kids (2006)
4th Annual Wheels for Kids (2005)