Blue skies and sunshine brought out hundreds of families on Saturday, May 21, for the annual Lids for Kids bike helmet giveaway and bike safety event in Lansing.
More than 500 children received a free, properly-fitted bike helmet at the 2016 Lids for Kids event. The best news? More than 500 Lansing-area kids now have a lesser chance of brain injury in a bicycle accident.
Eighteen kids also won free bikes, thanks to the generosity of several local businesses and individuals. Other prizes were given away, too, including tickets to a Lansing Lugnuts baseball game, and passes to the Impression 5 Science Museum, the MSU Planetarium, and the Michigan Historical Museum.
Kids especially loved meeting Sparty and the Big Lug, and having their pictures taken with the ever-popular team mascots. Kids also got their faces painted with exquisite designs, played carnival games and won prizes, met their local firefighters and police officers, toured a fire engine and got to inspect a police vehicle. Lansing’s Masonic Temple Lodge #33 was on hand to provide “Child ID” kits, containing the information necessary to expedite law enforcement efforts to locate a missing child.
Sheri Jones, WLNS-6 evening news anchor, did a fabulous job emceeing the event. And Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero made a guest appearance, speaking about efforts that are underway to improve Lansing’s bike trails.
The Lansing event was sponsored by the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center and the Michigan Association for Justice. Local media partners included WLAJ and WLNS. We thank them all for helping to make this important event happen.
Look at the smiles! That says it all ….