Tomorrow, Saturday, June 30, The Salvation Army will partner with Ada Bike Shop and Girl Scout Troop 3381 to give-away 500 bicycle helmets in order to highlight the importance of bicycle and other wheeled-sports safety.

The idea for the event came from Tom Plunkard, whose son, Josh, was tragically killed riding his bike to a skate park on September 22, 2011. The event, which is scheduled from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Fulton Heights Corps Community Center, will feature a helmet give-away, a prize drawing for four kids’ bicycles, a bicycle safety course and a free bicycle safety inspection. Additionally, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Mobile Kitchen will be serving refreshments. The Fulton Heights Corps Community Center is located at 1235 Fulton Street (corner of Fulton Street East and Fuller SE) in Grand Rapids. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.


Bicycle Techs from Ada Bike Shop will be available during the event to provide bicycle safety checks and basic bicycle adjustments. In addition, instruction will be available to those wishing to learn more about bicycle safety and preventative bicycle maintenance. Local Girl Scouts from troop #3381 will be passing out the helmets and providing helmet fittings for each recipient.  Local professional mountain bike rider, Danielle Musto, will be running a bicycle skills and safety obstacle course.


For more information, please visit the Salvation Army website at Register for a prize drawing of one of four kids’ bicycles at or in person at the event.