Allina hosting bike collection for kids in need this Saturday

Allina Health is teaming up with Free Bikes 4 Kidz for the third year in a row to again collect donated bicycles for kids in need throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 12).

Kids will also receive free bicycle helmets and concussion prevention information from Allina Health when the donated bikes are distributed later this fall.

People can bring new or gently used bikes to these locations Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

• Mercy Hospital, 4050 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids

• Unity Hospital, 550 Osborne Road, Fridley

• Allina Medical Clinic – Blaine, 10705 Town Square Drive NE, Blaine

• Allina Medical Clinic – Coon Rapids, 9055 Springbrook Drive, Coon Rapids

• Allina Medical Clinic – Ramsey, 7231 Sunwood Drive NW, Ramsey

“Biking can be a life-long pastime,” said Kenneth H. Paulus, president and chief executive officer of Allina Health.

“Many of our employees are avid cyclists and we want to help make it possible for every child to participate in this healthy, fun and environmentally-friendly activity.”

“We want to put kids back on the streets. Biking is fun, a great way to get around and excellent exercise.”

Allina Health and community volunteers will be at 51 Allina Health locations Oct. 12 to accept donations of gently used or new bikes. For a complete list of collection sites, go to

Last year Allina Health and Free Bikes 4 Kidz collected more than 5,000 bikes. They were refurbished and redistributed in December, just in time for the holidays.

This year Free Bikes 4 Kidz is seeking volunteers to again help clean and prepare the donated bike for the December 2013 distribution.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. For more information and to volunteer visit

A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90-plus clinics, 12 hospitals, 14 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide home care, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services.

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